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Late-summer swimming safety tips

Albany, N.Y. (AP) - Some of New York state's top officials are urging swimmers to be especially careful when they go for a late-summer dip in New York's lakes and along the shore.

The parks commissioner and state health commissioner offer these tips:

- Swim only when lifeguards are on duty.

- Leave the water at the first sign of bad weather.

- Prepare for quickly changing currents, even in shallow water.

- Don't rely on flotation devices.

The officials say Long Island beaches are offering longer hours at several locations with lifeguards on duty.

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