Children Apparent Victims Of Shark Attack

Aaron Brown
July 20, 2018

In the incident at Sailors' Haven Beach, a 12-year-old girl was with her family just a few feet offshore when she started flailing her arms.

Then just minutes later, a 13-year-old boy was boogie boarding at a day camp on Atlantique Beach when something latched onto his leg.

At least two children have been injured in shark attacks on Fire Island, popular tourist attractions off the coast of New York's Long Island. "In general, shark attacks are a effect of the number of people in the water and the number of sharks in the water".

The shark she saw appeared to be about 91-122 cm long, she said.

The two Fire Island beaches where the incidents happened are about 4 miles apart.

"I saw something, like, next to me, and I kind of felt pain, and looked and I saw a fin", she said, recounting how she realized her leg was "all bloody" as she scurried from the water.

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Reynolds said Cape Cod National Seashore beaches are closed, on average, about 12 times a season because of a shark being close to shore. A lifeguard nearby helped to clean her wounds before she was taken to a hospital. In a third possible shark sighting, the Superintendent at Jones Beach said swimmers were evacuated from the water at Robert Moses State Park after a lifeguard spotted a shark.

Experts have said both the tooth and the bite marks on the girl's leg were "consistent with a large fish". She plays soccer but said she didn't think her injury would impact her play.

She said despite the scary encounter, she'll still go into the water again - but she'll be more careful.

Fishermen pulled a seven-foot tiger shark from the ocean not far from the sites of the attacks. "The state will do everything we can to protect beachgoers and keep the community safe". Wednesday evening, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo deployed environmental conservation officers to investigate the waters off Fire Island.

A small shark was caught off the coast of Kismet Beach in Fire Island Wednesday afternoon, nearly 2 miles away from Atlantique Beach, officials confirmed.

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