2 children bitten in suspected shark attacks

Pauline Gross
July 19, 2018

In the first attack, a 12-year-old girl was bit at about 11:15 a.m. EDT (1515 GMT) while wading in the waters of Sailors Haven in Brookhaven, said Elizabeth Rogers, spokeswoman for the National Park Service. "This boy just ended up falling off his boogie board in the wrong place", officials said. Burgess said that the size and shape of the bites, and the tooth embedded in one victim's leg, indicate that the shark is either a small shark of a larger species, or a species small in size.

Two youngsters frolicking in the surf miles apart along the Fire Island National Seashore in NY suffered puncture wounds to their legs on Wednesday in apparent shark attacks that would mark the state's first such incidents in 70 years, authorities said.

Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter said "it has not been totally confirmed" it was a shark bite. The boy, who was attending a day camp at the time, walked on and off the police boat that took him to the hospital.

Fire Island Ocean Rescue Chief Lifeguard Craig Amarando praised the boy's calmness after the incident. "I see her going into shock, kind of, I saw the thrashing about", Philip Pollina. She said it only hurt when lifeguards started poking around the wound. His daughter, who concurred with her father's assessment, said she had come through the incident intact.

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Separately, a 2.2 metre tiger shark was caught by a fisherman at Kismet, another beach town 3.2 km west of Islip, Mr Levine said, adding he doubted either animal involved in the attacks was that large.

Authorities have yet to confirm whether the two teenagers were effectively targeted by a shark. "We're seeing this as an opportunity to remind everyone that the water is attractive - its magnificent here on the south shore of Long Island, but treacherous".

Pollina has serious, but non-life-threatening bite wounds that require her to have surgery today.

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