On the heels of the drowning death of a 6-year-old boy in Warwick this past weekend, city officials have announced that two beaches will no longer be staffed by lifeguards this season.
Lifeguards won't be on duty at Conimicut and Warwick City Park beaches for the rest of the summer season, which ends after Labor Day.
City officials say the announcement was made in response to a shortage of lifeguards, many of whom are students returning to school at this time of the year. The city employs 17 lifeguards.
Press Secretary Courtney Marciano says this has happened in the past and the city will warn beachgoers with posted signs.
Six-year-old Jamir Steward drowned Sunday at Warwick City Park. An investigation into his death is ongoing.