Teen bitten by shark at Kismet Beach says injury won’t stop him from surfing again

Peter Banculli says that he plans to return to surfing as soon as he is healed. He was bitten on Monday as he and his family were getting ready to head back to Fire Island.

Matt Trapani and Thema Ponton

Jul 4, 2023, 9:21 PM

Updated 292 days ago

Share:

A 15-year-old boy who was bit by a shark while surfing at Kismet Beach sat down with News 12 Long Island to talk about his experience.
Peter Banculli says that he plans to return to surfing as soon as he is healed. He was bitten on Monday as he and his family were getting ready to head back to Fire Island.
"My first reaction to when the shark grabbed my foot was to immediately get out the water...and get help,” the teen says.
The shark bit Banculli’s left heel and toes. He swam to shore and says his friend Joe and a good Samaritan helped him until first responders got to the scene.
"I didn't believe it at first and then my reaction was pure panic,” says Banculli’s mother Kelly. “I needed to get to him right away."
Banculli’s heel and toes are still intact after the bite. He says that the injury won’t keep him from getting back on a surfboard.
“Very excited to go back and start shredding again,” he says.
Branculli’s mother – is not as excited.
"I am very nervous for him, I think he might have a little panic but…I'm really proud of him and he's super brave,” she says.
Branculli says he has a message for all the people who helped him after he was bitten.
“Thank you to the good Samaritans on the beach that helped me, thank you to all the people in the hospital and the ER for me, yeah, the lifeguards, my mom, my dad, thank you,” he says.
Branculli says that once he does return to surging, he will be sure to be more aware of his surroundings.


More from News 12
0:43
Police: Illegal guns found inside Old Bethpage home; couple charged with criminal weapons possession

Police: Illegal guns found inside Old Bethpage home; couple charged with criminal weapons possession

1:52
Sunny and mild Monday for Long Island

Sunny and mild Monday for Long Island

0:24
Prosecutors: Bellport man pleads guilty to hit-and-run that seriously injured pedestrian

Prosecutors: Bellport man pleads guilty to hit-and-run that seriously injured pedestrian

1:08
Oldest Men’s Senior Baseball League player honors surgeon who saved his career

Oldest Men’s Senior Baseball League player honors surgeon who saved his career

1:17
Annual ‘Spring Dust Off’ car show to take place in Point Lookout

Annual ‘Spring Dust Off’ car show to take place in Point Lookout

1:56
Authorities: Nassau County police officer attacked by 2 men, pit bull in East Rockaway

Authorities: Nassau County police officer attacked by 2 men, pit bull in East Rockaway

0:36
Southampton police: Man arrested in Riverside machete attack that injured 24-year-old

Southampton police: Man arrested in Riverside machete attack that injured 24-year-old

1:10
Lawmakers in Albany pass $237 billion state budget, restore school funding

Lawmakers in Albany pass $237 billion state budget, restore school funding

0:28
Man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial dies of injuries, police say

Man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial dies of injuries, police say

Knicks beat 76ers 111-104 in Game 1 of playoffs. Brunson and Hart score 22 points and backups star

Knicks beat 76ers 111-104 in Game 1 of playoffs. Brunson and Hart score 22 points and backups star

Andersen, Noesen help Hurricanes push past Islanders 3-1 to open 1st-round NHL playoff series

Andersen, Noesen help Hurricanes push past Islanders 3-1 to open 1st-round NHL playoff series

0:42
'A Dream Prom Boutique' ensures Nassau high schoolers have prom of their dreams

'A Dream Prom Boutique' ensures Nassau high schoolers have prom of their dreams

0:43
Huntington’s Blue Line Deli & Bagels gives away free bagels to customers ahead of Islanders postseason

Huntington’s Blue Line Deli & Bagels gives away free bagels to customers ahead of Islanders postseason

0:18
Car crashes into back of oil truck in Long Beach

Car crashes into back of oil truck in Long Beach

0:19
Authorities: RV catches fire at park in Shirley

Authorities: RV catches fire at park in Shirley

0:28
Police: Levittown woman arrested for driving drunk with 2 children in vehicle

Police: Levittown woman arrested for driving drunk with 2 children in vehicle

1:13
CDC: Children ER visits increased last 3 years for accidental Melatonin ingestion

CDC: Children ER visits increased last 3 years for accidental Melatonin ingestion

2:05
Long Island native ID’d as person who set himself on fire outside Trump trial in Manhattan

Long Island native ID’d as person who set himself on fire outside Trump trial in Manhattan

0:37
Officials: Wildlife rehabilitator took raccoons into her Merrick home without required rabies license

Officials: Wildlife rehabilitator took raccoons into her Merrick home without required rabies license

1:42
FBI on alert as Jewish Long Islanders prepare to celebrate Passover

FBI on alert as Jewish Long Islanders prepare to celebrate Passover