As authorities looked into a gruesome shark attack that left a beachgoer with significant injuries, Rockaway Beach was shut down on Tuesday.
The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation said that swimming and surfing will be prohibited at the popular Queens beach on Tuesday.
The notification was made a while after a middle-aged woman, about 6 o’clock, was attacked by a shark in the sea close to Beach 59th Street. Monday, as previously acknowledged by the Parks Department.
Since 1953, there has not been a recorded shark bite at Rockaway Beach. Lifeguards pulled the unfortunate swimmer from the water and provided first aid until EMS could arrive.
Rescuers applied a tourniquet to the woman’s leg, which was visibly oozing blood from the inner thigh. In critical condition, the victim was transferred to Jamaica Hospital.
According to witnesses, the remaining swimmers in the area were summoned out of the water.
When everyone started to leave the beach, they just said, “Don’t get in the ocean,” and I was left wondering, “What happened? Someone was bitten by a shark, one person informed WABC. Later, the NYPD conducted a helicopter search of the area but failed to find any sharks.
According to a statement from the parks department, “we hope for a full recovery for this swimmer.
“While this was a terrifying incident, we want to warn New Yorkers that shark bites in Rockaway are quite uncommon. When a shark is spotted, we always empty the water and keep a close eye on the shore.