Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

At Least 1 Person Attacked By Shark Off Fire Island

At Least 1 Person Attacked By Shark Off Fire Island

Two youngsters swimming in the sea along the Fire Island National Seashore in NY suffered puncture wounds to their legs in apparent shark attacks.

First responders found a tooth in the bite wound of a teenager bitten by what is suspected to be a shark off the coast of Long Island Wednesday.

13-year-old Matthew Donaldson was bitten by what is believed to be a shark off Atlantique on Fire Island when a wave knocked him off his boogie board.

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At Sailors Haven beach, a 12-year-old girl suffered bite marks "consistent with a large fish" while wading, said Elizabeth Rogers, a spokeswoman for Fire Island National Seashore, which runs the beach. "We urge swimmers to be vigilant and will continue to do everything we can to protect beachgoers", DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said.

Islip Town officials say two sharks were caught by fishermen in the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday afternoon. That teen was taken to Southside Hospital with an injury that did not appear life-threatening. "I thought it was a shark". "I see her in the water struggling, her head kind of, and there was this commotion in the water next to her", Barbara Pollina, the girl's mother, said.

Lola was in waist-deep water roughly 10-feet off the shore when it happened.

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A boy and girl were bitten while in the water off Fire Island in separate incidents. 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 - its magnificent here on the south shore of Long Island, but treacherous".

Both beaches were temporarily closed.

The tooth specimen, which is "consistent with a large fish", was being studied by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which will report its findings to the Suffolk County Marine Bureau, Ms Rogers said.

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