Swimming resumes at Ocean Beach after shark bites lifeguard

Chief lifeguard Jill Weinstein says lifeguards will take Jet Skis out to survey the area.

News 12 Staff

Jul 8, 2022, 9:23 AM

Updated 648 days ago

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Officials say swimming has resumed at Ocean Beach after a shark bit a lifeguard during training Thursday morning.  
Chief lifeguard Jill Weinstein says lifeguards will take Jet Skis out to survey the area.  
The attack is the second time this week a lifeguard was bitten by a shark during training. The other incident happened at Smith Point on Sunday. 
John Mullins was attacked around 11 a.m. during a lifeguard training exercise about 150 feet offshore in Ocean Beach on Fire Island. 
The 17-year-old was bitten on the foot by a tiger sand shark. 
"I didn't really feel the bite at first," Mullins says. "My adrenaline was rushing right away." 
Mullins had been playing the role of a victim in the training exercise when he actually had to be rescued by other lifeguards. 
Mullins was rushed to South Shore University Hospital where he received multiple stitches. 


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