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Two kids attacked by sharks off New York's Fire Island

19 July 2018

Investigators want to know whether two children bitten on Wednesday in the waters off NY beaches were attacked by sharks.

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter says a 13-year-old boy, who was at a town-run camp, was bitten while on a boogie board off Atlantique. The boy "stumbled out of the water" into a lifeguard tent, where the lifeguard dressed puncture wounds, officials said.

One puncture contained a tooth that was removed for testing to determine its origin. Although his daughter was able to walk after the attack, she was also taken to an area hospital.

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The girl, identified at a news conference with her parents afterward as Lola Pollina, said she was standing in waist-deep water at Sailors Haven beach in nearby Brookhaven, 3km east of Islip, when she was bitten. No further information was immediately available.

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

"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 realised her leg was "all bloody".

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"They confirmed that not only was it a shark bite, but they found one of the teeth still inside the boy".

"Once we figured it out it was pretty surreal", he said.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement saying he had deployed DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos to lead a multi-agency investigation into the possible shark attacks. State police sent a drone into the air to search the waters for sharks, according to George Gorman, Long Island deputy regional director of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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Newsday reports police are investigating the incidents Wednesday off Sailors Haven and Atlantique beaches. Swimmers were allowed back into the water around 2:30 p.m. when the sighting was deemed to be a sandbar shark.

Two kids attacked by sharks off New York's Fire Island