A Long Island beach was closed Sunday after a “shark-related incident” involving a lifeguard, according to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
Additional information was not immediately available regarding the morning incident at Smith Point Beach.
Three days earlier, near Jones Beach in Nassau County, a swimmer suffered a “possible shark bite,” prompting county police to increase beach patrols ahead of the July 4 holiday weekend. July.
The town of Hempstead also formed a ‘shark patrol’ after a fisherman spotted a 10ft Mako shark over Memorial Day weekend about 11 miles west of Jones Beach.
Shark attacks on Long Island “are extremely rare,” county officials said, but their frequency has increased in recent times.
The past two years have seen more shark sightings than the entire previous decade combined.
New York Post