A SECOND shark attack on a beach in upstate New York in a week has left a teenage lifeguard with bloody injuries.
Several shark attacks have been reported off US shores in recent weeks.
John Mullins, who was attending lifeguard training, was attacked by a shark at around 11 a.m. on July 7 at Ocean Beach on Fire Island in New York.
News 12 reported that a tiger shark attacked the 17-year-old during the training exercise.
The attack left him with foot injuries. He was taken to the hospital, where he received multiple stitches.
“I didn’t really feel the bite at first,” Mullins said. “My adrenaline shot up immediately.
News 12 reported that Mullins appears to be recovering from the injury but is limping.
During the training exercise, Mullins played the role of the victim who needed a lifeguard’s help when, ironically, lifeguards had to help him when the shark attacked.
“I was like, ‘Oh my god, I have to go’ — it was crazy,” Mullins said. “I thought it was chasing me, so I freaked out…”
After the attack, swimming was banned for an hour at Ocean Beach on Fire Island. When it was allowed again, visitors were only allowed to go waist-deep in the water.
This is the second time a shark has attacked a lifeguard during a training exercise.
The first attack, which took place on July 3, occurred at Smith Point Beach in New York. Lifeguard Zach Gallo was bitten by a shark during training exercise.
Like Mullins, Gallo underwent stitches while he was in the hospital.
Recently, a young girl lost her leg after a shark attack on Keaton Beach in northwest Florida.
Regardless of the attack, the two men look forward to getting back into the water.
“I’m looking forward to coming back,” Mullins said. “I’ll be back on Sunday – I’m back training for the test. I just hope I don’t get bitten again.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5733873/shark-attack-john-mullins-new-york-injured/ In the second shark attack on a popular US beach in a week, the lifeguard is abused – teenager shows his bloody injuries