Ron LeeJul 19, 2018, 10:23 am

Beaches at Fire Island reopen day after 2 suspected shark attacks

Officials: 12-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy suffered non-life threatening injuries in separate incidents


BAY SHORE — Residents will be able to go into the water as beaches re-open Thursday following a pair of suspected shark attacks involving children on Wednesday.

Officials says the first attack happened around 11:15 a.m. at the Sailors Haven Beach. The second occurred at Atlantique Beach, within 15 minutes of the first incident and less than five miles apart.

"I thought it was a shark because we were at the beach. And it's not like there would be a tiger or something," said 12-year old attack victim Lola Pollina after she was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon.

While Pollina and a 13-year-old boy, who was found with the tooth of his attacker stuck in his leg, both suffered injuries that were not life threatening, Fire Island ferry crew member Ryan Healy said hearing about the incident excites him and scares him.

“It's pretty interesting to think that there are sharks out there, ‘cause a shark coming up, you usually see it. It’s over in South Africa or off the coast of Montauk, but to have it thiss close to home is a little frightening," Healy said.

At this time, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation will lead a multi-agency investigation into the attacks. He says the state will do everything in its power to protect beachgoers and keep the community safe.

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