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Lost elbow suffered in 5th shark attack

A shark injured a 49-year-old man with cuts on the left wrist, buttocks and arm.



On Wednesday night, news of the fifth shark attack in two weeks off Long Island surfaced.

A shark bit a 49-year-old Arizona man at Seaview Beach shortly after 6 o’clock, according to Suffolk police.

According to authorities, the man was “standing in waist-deep water when a shark rushed up from behind and bit him on the left wrist and buttocks.”

The victim was rescued from the water and flown to Stony Brook University Hospital by a Suffolk County Authorities helicopter with non-life-threatening wounds, according to police.


According to Suffolk County officials, the incident occurs less than 12 hours after a surfer was attacked by a shark near Smith Point Beach at roughly 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

The surfer’s leg was left with a 4-inch cut after what authorities believe to have been a tiger shark bite.

Officials claimed that after being thrown off his paddle board, the surfer “took a punch” at the shark, which appeared to be circling around for another attack.

Fortunately, according to officials, a wave brought the surfer and his board back to shore without causing any further harm.


Once the surfer was back on land, a park ranger assisted him and dialed 911, according to authorities.

At a meeting on Wednesday morning, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone stated that if there were no additional sightings, the beach would reopen at 1 p.m.

The occurrence on Wednesday, according to Bellone, “indicates that what we are looking at is somewhat of a new normal.”

Sharks, according to Bellone, appear to be nearer the coast, which will continue to increase the frequency of encounters between them and people.


Bellone added, “Fortunately, we haven’t seen serious injuries, and we don’t anticipate seeing them, but it is something to be aware of and cognizant of.”

Swimmers were advised by Bellone to keep out of the water while lifeguards aren’t on duty, to avoid dawn and dark, to avoid wearing flashy jewelry, and to avoid swimming while bleeding.

Officials have been keeping an eye on beaches by boat, chopper, and drone over the past few weeks to take into consideration the rise in shark occurrences off the beaches of Nassau and Suffolk counties.

On June 30, a 37-year-old swimmer was bitten on his right foot close to Jones Beach, marking the first recent incident in the area.


Four days later, Smith Point and Cupsogue beaches were closed following a lifeguard’s shark bite during a simulated water rescue exercise.

Zachari Gallo, a special education teacher at Sayville High School, was practicing rescue techniques in the water with other lifeguards. According to an interview with New York ABC station WABC, the man felt the shark’s tail suddenly and realized that he wanted to get land.

Fortunately, Gallo only had two stitches and antibiotics after being bit on the hand and chest, according to Suffolk County officials.

A shark bit another lifeguard off of Fire Island’s Ocean Beach less than a week later.


The chief lifeguard of the Ocean Beach District stated that the lifeguard was only a few hundred to two hundred yards offshore while treading water when they were bit around the ankle and suffered very minor wounds.

In a press conference on Sunday, Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman stated, “It is quite safe to get in the ocean, but you have to take care.”

“It’s best to swim in the ocean with a friend or partner. Always go to a safe beach with lifeguards present, stick with your group, and be aware of your surroundings “He even waded into the ocean himself as he spoke. “You’ll be protected if you do those things.”