2 children injured in possible shark attacks off Fire Island


A 12-year-old girl, Lola Pollina, was bitten in Sailors Haven beach at 11:15 a.m. while she was wading offshore, according to Elizabeth Rogers, a public affairs specialist for the Fire Island National Seashore. Carpenter said that the boy was bitten after a wave knocked him off his boogie board.

One puncture contained a tooth that was removed for testing to determine its origin.

The victims - a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy - were discharged after emergency medical treatment for their separate mishaps, each with a bandaged right leg, and both were expected to fully recover.

Two children swimming in surf miles apart along NY state's Fire Island national seashore have suffered puncture wounds to their legs in what are thought to be the first shark attacks in 70 years, authorities said.

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Ms Rogers said authorities had not confirmed the wounds to be shark bites, but said the Suffolk police marine bureau was waiting for the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to identify the tooth. "We were at the beach and there wasn't a tiger or anything", she said, laughing. The boy was transported by police boat to a local hospital, she said.

Beachgoers are seen at Fire Island on July 18, 2018. She said it only hurt when lifeguards started poking around the wound.

Lola said that she saw a "tannish, orangey-looking body and a small fin" while she was in the water. "I thought it was a shark". He doubted either of Wednesday's attacks was by a shark that large.

"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". Bathers were allowed to return to the water after the lifeguard sighting was confirmed to be a sandbar shark. The girl was able to walk to shore with help from her caregiver and was treated at a hospital.