Sunday, August 8, 2010

Rockaway Beach Closed After Shark Sighting


A stretch of Rockaway Beach in Queens was closed for more than an hour on Saturday morning after a shark was spotted swimming among surfers near the shore, officials and beachgoers said, according to the New York Times. 

“It swam right under my buddy’s board as he was paddling out, and some surfers paddled away around the jetty,” said Alex Karinsky, 46, of Rockaway. “It’s the third shark sighting here this summer.”

The shark — some beachgoers insisted there were actually three — was spotted around 10 a.m. by surfers at what is one of the city’s official surfing beaches, near Beach 90th Street. Lifeguards ordered surfers out of the water along a stretch of more than a mile.

Read More:

Shark Sighting Closes Rockaway Beach 

New York Times City Room - August 7, 2010 Corey Kilgannon

Shark Sightings Clear Out Far Rockaway Beach

NY1 News - August 7, 2010

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