Officials and sources claim that a shark attack at Rockaway Beach on Monday night resulted in a “major injury” to a 50-year-old lady.
Just before 6 o’clock, the woman suffered a gash to her leg while in the water close to Queens Beach’s 59th Street entrance, according to the FDNY and sources.
The woman’s leg was heavily bleeding when the tourniquet was applied, sources said. Jamaica Hospital received her in an emergency. Authorities initially thought the incident was a shark attack, according to sources.
The city’s Parks & Recreation Department was directed by an NYPD spokeswoman for comment, but they did not react to an email sent to them right away.
Recent years have seen an increase in the frequency of shark sightings in Queens and on Long Island.
According to a June shark sighting claim from CBS 2, swimmers were ordered to leave the water for an hour in the Hammels portion of Rockaway Beach. Chip Newell, a Brooklyn resident, told the station about the previous incident in June: “The shark was probably 50 yards out, and they called for everybody to get out of the water.
The fin was brown. There were numerous helicopters here in a matter of perhaps 15 minutes, so it wasn’t a dolphin by any means. It was quite bizarre.