LONG Island officials are urging swimmers to beware of beach waters around Long Island after a fourth person was bitten and multiple shark sightings were reported in two days.
With crowded beaches in New YorkThe authorities had to temporarily close several beaches over the weekend due to the fear of sharks and later violent thunderstorms.
A school of at least 50 sand sharks was sighted Tuesday just 200 meters from the beach at Robert Moses State Park New York Post reported.
“The lifeguards jumped from their stands and yelled, ‘Get out! Out! Out!’ “It was crazy, people didn’t know what to do,” said beachgoer Allison Ellers NBC New York.
Thewere spotted by drones in the morning, following Monday’s two shark attacks, but before reports of the third and fourth attacks surfaced later in the day.
On Tuesday afternoon, officials announced that it was a 47-year-oldwas swimming in chest-deep water near Quogue Village Beach when something bit his right knee.
The man didn’t see a shark, but police said the bite was from a “large marine animal.”
He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and suffered no life-threatening injuries, officials said.
A second man was bitten further down the beach near Fire Island Pines that same afternoon.
According to the police, the 49-year-old man was bitten on the right hand and also taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
A 15-year-old girl was bitten on the left leg by an unconfirmed sea creature on Robert Moses Beach around 2 p.m. Monday
She was treated for small wounds on her foot and officers used drones to search for sharks but found nothing.
A few hours later, a 15-year-old boy was bitten on the left foot by a shark while surfing at nearby Kismet Beach.
Officials said the boy’s heel and toes were intact and he was being cured at a nearby hospital.
“It’s scary, it never happened to me as a kid,” Ellers said of the shark sites.
“I think it’s crazy that there are so many sharks in the water,” one young beachgoer told NBC reporters. His mother added that he had already stated that even if the authorities opened it again, he would not go in the water again.
Long Island officials were also forced to temporarily close some beaches Tuesday as fast-moving thunderstorms battered the area.