Two children attacked by sharks off Long Island, officials say

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 19, 2018

The girl, identified at a news conference with her parents afterward as Lola Pollina, said she was standing in waist-deep water at Sailors Haven beach in nearby Brookhaven, 3km east of Islip, when she was bitten. EMTs removed a piece of tooth from the boy's leg that is now being analyzed. The boy, who was part of a town camp, is OK and was able to walk on and off a police boat before he was sent to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. A 13-year-old boy was attacked by a shark Wednesday off Fire Island.

Only about 10 cases of shark bites on people have ever been documented in NY state, the last one in 1948, Levine told Reuters by telephone, citing information he said was furnished by Islip town supervisors.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement saying that he has deployed Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos to investigate the "apparent juvenile shark attacks off of Fire Island".

"I saw something, like, next to me, and I kind of felt pain, and looked and I saw a fin", she said, adding: "We went to the lifeguards, we ran up to them and they kind of bandaged it".

It happened around noon at Atlantique Beach. In that case, a girl was bitten and suffered a bite wound to her leg, WABC reported. 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. He doubted either of Wednesday's attacks was by a shark that large.

The incidents took place in the waters off of Fire Island, a popular beach destination off Long Island. Swimmers were allowed back into the water around 2:30 p.m. when the sighting was deemed to be a sandbar shark.

"The water is lovely, it is magnificent here. but the water can be treacherous", Carpenter said.

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