Two people bitten in possible shark attacks off Fire Island


Two people bitten in possible shark attacks off Fire Island

Cheryl Sanders
July 19, 2018

Lola wasn't alone, with almost identical bandaging slapped on the 13-year-old victim who had been boogie boarding just four and a half miles away. "All of the sudden I see her panicking, and I could see something - I couldn't tell what it was, but it was kind of flapping about", Philip Pollina, the girl's father, said.

Ian Levine, chief of the Ocean Beach fire department, said only ten cases of shark bites have been reported of New York State.

A tooth, described as being "consistent with a large fish", was extracted from the boy's leg and is being analysed. "This boy just ended up falling off his boogie board in the wrong place", officials said. "It's just insane. It's incredible", lifeguard Bella Coan said. That's when the puncture wounds were discovered, Carpenter said. Dueling responses from different officials midday left some confusion as to what had attacked the two young people.


A 13-year-old boy was attacked by a shark Wednesday off Fire Island. The International Shark Attack File (ISAF) investigated 155 shark bites in 2017.

CBS New York reports that a boy and a girl have reportedly been bitten by a shark on two separate beaches on Wednesday.

"I saw a lot of thrashing and her trying to get to me", mom Barbara Pollina said. "I thought it was a shark". "When I saw the bite, there was a bite on her leg, there was no question what it was". "We urge swimmers to be vigilant and will continue to do everything we can to protect beachgoers", DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. She said it only hurt when lifeguards started poking around the wound. Beaches within the Town of Islip and all Fire Island National Seashore beaches are closed for at least the day in the wake of the attack. Officials said it is now shark breeding season and most shark attacks happen at the surf zone. Bathers were allowed to return to the water after the lifeguard sighting was confirmed to be a sandbar shark.


"We're seeing this as an opportunity to remind everyone that the water is attractive - it's magnificent here on the south shore of Long Island but treacherous". "So you need to be careful at all times". Experts say the number of sharks is growing again after decreasing in the early 1990s.

Only about 10 cases of shark bites on people have ever been documented in NY state, the last one in 1948, Mr Levine said.

Her injuries were not life-threatening and she was able to walk ashore with assistance.


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