Two kids have been injured in shark assaults off the coast of Lengthy Island in New York within the first such incidents within the state for 70 years, officers mentioned.
A 12-year-old lady and a 13-year-old boy have been handled for puncture wounds in separate incidents miles aside alongside the bay of Fireplace Island on Wednesday.
A tooth, described as being “in step with a big fish”, was extracted from the boy’s leg and is being analysed.
Shark assaults on people are extraordinarily uncommon within the US state of New York.
The younger lady, who was later named as Lola Pollina, mentioned she was standing waist-deep within the chilly water and described seeing a fin earlier than returning to the seaside to find “my leg was bloody”.
“I noticed one thing, like, subsequent to me, and I type of felt ache, and regarded and I noticed a fin,” she mentioned, including: “We went to the lifeguards, we ran as much as them and so they type of bandaged it.”
She mentioned the shadow within the water seemed to be about 4ft (1.2m) lengthy.
At a press convention following the incidents, chief lifeguard Craig Amarando mentioned that the boy who was additionally bitten was “a courageous boy” who was “very scared”.
He mentioned that his puncture wounds have been bandaged instantly, however paramedics then arrived and eliminated the dressings to view the injuries.
“They confirmed that not solely was it a shark chunk, however they discovered one of many tooth nonetheless contained in the boy.”
Each victims are anticipated to completely recuperate.