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Surfer attacked by shark in latest attack on popular Long Island beach

A surfer was bitten by a shark Wednesday morning on Long Island in the second attack this month at the popular beach destination.

The surfer was on his board at Smith Point Beach on Fire Island when a 4-foot tiger shark took a bite out of his leg around 7:30 a.m., according to officials.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said during a news conference that the 4-foot tiger shark left a 4-inch gash in the surfer’s leg.

“This person was knocked off the paddle board — he was on a paddle board, was knocked off the paddle board, took a hit on the shark,” Bellone said, describing the incident in detail.

“[The surfer] I saw the shark come back towards him after that first bite and then luckily at that moment a wave hit, carrying the surfer and paddleboard to shore and that was the last contact with the shark.

This is the latest in a series of attacks that have taken place on Long Island's popular beach.
A surfer was attacked by a shark at Smith Point Beach on Fire Island.
Dennis A Clark for the NY Post
There has been an increase in shark attacks on Long Island in recent months.
The four-foot tiger shark attacked the man at around 7:30 a.m
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The victim, a 41-year-old man, sought help from a parking attendant before an ambulance took the victim to a local hospital, WABC reported.

The popular summer spot was closed for swimming for a few hours as the second shark attack in 10 days at Smith Point struck fear into the hearts of beachgoers.

Earlier this month, a lifeguard played a victim at an ocean training exercise on Suffolk beach when he was attacked.

Smith Point Beach is a popular surfing spot for Long Islanders.
This is the second shark attack in 10 days on Long Island beaches.
Dennis A Clark for the NY Post

“Having two of these incidents happen for us, for this facility and for this beach is unprecedented,” Bellone said. “We’ve never seen that before.”

Bellone said swimming at Smith Point has not been closed since it opened in 1959. He warned that more frequent tiger shark attacks could become a “new normal” as this shark species is now closer to shore.

Lifeguards would continue to keep an eye out for nearby sharks, including using a drone to track them.

“This is an issue of incredible importance to all of us here in Suffolk County,” Bellone said.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/13/surfer-attacked-by-shark-in-latest-attack-at-popular-long-island-beach/ Surfer attacked by shark in latest attack on popular Long Island beach

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