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13-year-old boy asking by possible shark off Fire Island, investigating a second suspected attack



Authorities are investigating whether a 13-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were both victims of shark attacks.

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Shortly before noon today, officials said, the girl what to ask while sailing in the water at Sailors Haven on Fire Island, a barrier beach off the south shore of Long Island.

The girl's mother, Barbara Pollina, told ABC News that her daughter Lola is "hanging in there – a little overwhelmed right now."

Fire Island beach, known as Atlantique, official said. The two beaches are several miles apart.

Emergency medical worker removes a suspected shark tooth from the unidentified boy's leg, which is a puncture wound, according to the Long Island of Islip. The tooth is now analyzed to determine the source of the attack.

"Both of these young kids, thank God, are okay," Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

 PHOTO: Lola Pollina is being treated for a possible shark off fire island in New York, July 18, 2018. Philip Pollina
Lola Pollina Shark Bite Off Fire Island New York, July 18, 2018.

Carpenter said that the boy was asking after a wave knocked him off his boogie board. Lifeguard Bella Cohen took the boy to a tent and dressed his wound. That's when the puncture wounds were discovered, Carpenter said.

The boy was transported by police to a local hospital, she said.

Dueling responses from different officials midday left some confusion.

The 13-year-old was bit by "what may have been a shark."

"It has not been totally confirmed", the Carpenter said in a statement, "Carpenter said, but he did not care".

 PHOTO: Lola Pollina is treated by first responders after a possible shark bite off Fire Island in New York, July 18, 2018. Barbara Pollina
Lola Pollina is treated by first responders after suffering a possible Shark bite off Fire Island in New York, July 18, 2018.

Neither Suffolk County nor the National Parks Service – which oversees some of Fire Island's beaches. County officials said that while they were looking at a shark, there had not been any shark sighting.

A National Parks Service official told ABC News that the designation of a shark attack must come from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Lola's father, Philip Pollina, said he could tell what he saw when he looked at her wound.

"I think it's a shark attack," he said at a press conference. "When I saw the bite, there was no question what it was."

His daughter, who concurred with her father's assessment, said she had come through the incident intact.

"I thought it was a shark," the 12-year-old said at the press conference. "We were at the beach and there was not a tiger or anything," she said, laughing.

The youngster was wading into waist-deep water when she spotted what appeared to be a three to four-foot shark.

"When I first got it, I could not feel it, so it did not hurt that bad."

It was only after lifeguards started pouring water on the wound and wrapping it in gauze that she started to wince.

Beaches in the Town of Islip and all Fire Island National Seashore beaches are closed for the day in the wake of the attack.

 PHOTO: A stairway leads down to Ocean Beach at Fire Island, NY, in this undated photo. Judie Long / Newscom
A stairway leads down to Ocean Beach at Fire Island, NY, in this undated photo

Robert Moses State Park and Jones Beach after a lifeguard spotted a shark.

According to George Gorman, Long Island Deputy Regional Director of the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Bathers were allowed to return to the water after the lifeguard sighting. Sandbar sharks are considered to be a relative benign type of shark, which are feed on fish, crabs and stingrays – and are not known for attacking humans.

Carpenter, the Islip town supervisor, said a midsummer reminder was in order for south shore beachgoers.

"We're seeing this as an opportunity to remind everyone that the water is beautiful – its magnificent here on the south shore of Long Island, but treacherous."

"So you need to be careful at all times."

One shark expert said that bites were definitely from a shark.

George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File maintained by the Florida Museum of Natural History, told ABC News that the bites were "definitely" from a shark.

Burgess said that the size and shape of the bites, and the tooth embedded in one's victim's leg, indicate that the shark is either a small shark of a larger species, or a species small in size.

He said it was unlikely that it was a great white shark, because he had a shark, and he had not been able to walk anywhere afterwards.

He said, however, that he would have to make any definite assessments.

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