A boy and a girl were bitten by sharks in separate attacks off of Fire Island Wednesday, according to local officials and the father of one of the children.
A spokeswoman from the town of Islip said the people were bitten off the shore off Atlantique Beach and Sailors Haven — two beaches about 4 1/2 miles apart — around noon.
The spokeswoman said in the Atlantique Beach attack, a 13-year-old boy was boogie boarding when he was bitten. He stumbled out of the ocean, and a lifeguard ran to him and discovered the bite.
The wound was dressed and cleaned, according to the spokeswoman, and responders found a tooth lodged in the child’s leg. The tooth was removed and is being analyzed to determine the shark species.
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Philip Pollina said his daughter was waist deep in the water off Sailors Haven when she began panicking. He said when lifeguards pulled her out of the water she had deep cuts on her leg.
He added that she saw a fin in the water and that the shark couldn’t have been more than two feet long. She was able to walk after the attack but was also taken to an area hospital.
“Once we figured it out it was pretty surreal,” he said.
The town of Islip has banned swimming at all of its ocean-facing beaches.
It’s not clear if other shores along Fire Island, which are managed by multiple local, state and federal jurisdictions, have called swimmers out of the water.
Chopper 4 footage from over the scene showed red flags out over Atlantique Beach, but others nearby showed swimmers in the water and largely normal operations.