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Warning after surfer becomes 6th shark attack victim as patrols ramp up in NY

A TEEN surfer has become the sixth victim of a shark attack on Long Island this summer.

The 16-year-old boy was surfing off the coast of a Fire Island beach when he was bitten on July 20.

A teen boy, 16, was bitten by a shark off the coast of Long Island (stock pic of shark)

A teen boy, 16, was bitten by a shark off the coast of Long Island (stock pic of shark)Credit: Alamy

He managed to get out of the water before being rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Officials sent a helicopter to search for the shark but couldn’t find the predator, 1010 WINS reported.

Long Island has seen a spate of shark attacks in recent weeks.

Surfer Shawn Donnelly, 41, was knocked off his board when a sand tiger shark attacked off the coast of Smith Point Beach on July 13.

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He was left with a four-inch gash wound to the leg.

Donnelly revealed he punched the shark to fend off the beast.

He told NBC New York: “It got my left calf and knocked me off my board… when I was falling off my board, I saw the fin and its back.”

Donnelly managed to ride a wave that returned him to shore.

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A 49-year-old tourist, from Arizona, was also attacked by a shark at Seaview Beach on the same day.

According to the New York Post, police said the “shark came up from behind and bit him on the left wrist and buttocks.”

John Mullins, 17, who was participating in lifeguard training, was attacked by a shark on July 7.

Lifeguard Zach Gallo, 33, was bitten while he was doing training exercises at Smith Point Beach on July 3.

He told WCBS-TV that he felt a “sharp pain.”

Zach punched the shark in a desperate bid to fend off the attack.

On June 30, a 57-year-old man reportedly suffered a laceration while swimming off Jones Beach.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has ordered state agencies to increase their shark patrol in light of increased attacks.

Officials were forced to shut down part of Rockaway Beach in Queens after a shark was spotted off the coast on July 19.

Don Clavin, a Hempstead Town supervisor, told CNN that a lifeguard spotted a shark 25 yards off the coast of Long Island on July 17.

Beachgoers were urged to get out of the water after the beast was detected.

Meanwhile, Nauset Beach, Massachusetts was temporarily closed after a great white was spotted.

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At least ten great whites were detected off the coast of Cape Cod between July 16 and July 17, according to the app Sharktivity.

Almost 30 people have been attacked by sharks in the US in 2022, according to surprising data.