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

This shark was caught near where the attacks took place

Image This shark was caught near where the attacks took place

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has deployed Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos to lead a multi-agency investigation into the apparent shark attacks.

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

In one of the attacks, a 13-year-old boy was boogie boarding at Atlantique Beach when he was struck, said Caroline Smith, spokeswoman for the town of Islip.

Lola Pollina was bitten by a shark
Image Lola Pollina was bitten by a shark

Fire Island beaches were closed afterward until further notice, National Park Service spokeswoman Elizabeth Rogers said.

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

The spokesperson said he was able to walk onto a police boat on his own. "I see her going into shock, kind of, I saw the thrashing about", Philip Pollina.

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The other attack occurred in the neighboring town of Brookhaven, in the waters off Sailors Haven Beach, an Islip spokesman said. It was only after lifeguards began pouring water on the wound and wrapping it in gauze that she began to wince.

Neither incident has yet been officially confirmed as a shark attack, but Mr Levine added: "The tooth we pulled out of the kid's leg looks like a shark's tooth".

Lola was in waist-deep water roughly 10-feet off the shore when it happened. "Both of these kids are OK and we are seeing this as an opportunity to remind everyone that the water can be unsafe, we need to be careful at all time", Carpenter said. Bathers were allowed to return to the water after the lifeguard sighting was confirmed to be a sandbar shark.

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Only about 10 cases of shark bites on people have ever been documented in NY state, the last one in 1948, Levine said, citing information he said was given by Islip town supervisors.

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