Two children swimming off the coast of Long Island in New York have suffered puncture wounds to their legs which officials believe are the result of the first shark attacks in 70 years.
Both the 12-year-old girl and the 13-year-old boy – who were injured in separate incidents miles apart on the bay of Fire Island – were discharged after being treated for puncture wounds on Wednesday.
The BBC has reported that a tooth was ‘extracted from boy’s leg and is being analysed,’ and that it has been described as being “consistent with a large fish.”
In the US state of New York shark attacks on humans are incredibly rare, a fact supported by Ian Levine, the chief of the Ocean Beach Fire Department, whose paramedics treated the young boy.
Lola Pollina, the young girl, has spoken of how she was waist-deep in water at Sailors Haven beach in nearby Brookhaven, two miles east of Islip, when the incident happened. She returned to the shore to discover that her leg was ‘bloody’.
According to the BBC, the young girl said: ”I saw something, like, next to me, and I kind of felt pain, and looked and I saw a fin. We went to the lifeguards, we ran up to them and they kind of bandaged it.”
She added that the shadow in the water seemed to be around 4ft (1.2m) in length.
During a press conference held after the incidents, chief lifeguard Craig Amarando said that the young boy’s puncture wounds were bandaged straight away, but paramedics then ‘arrived and removed the dressings to view the wounds.’ It was then that they found the tooth still inside the boy.
Both children are expected to fully recover and neither incident on Wednesday has been officially confirmed as a shark attack.
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