Beaches were closed in New York after two people were bit by sharks around July 4th. A teacher likely saved his life by wrestling away a five-foot shark.

Long Island officials increased shark patrols during the busy July 4th weekend following what's believed to be two shark attacks.

"Unusual Incident" At Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York


On Thursday, June 30, around 1 p.m. in Wantagh, New York a 57-year-old man suffered a cut to his right foot while swimming in the ocean at Jones Beach.

The Nassau County Police Department believes the man was bit by a shark and classified the incident as an "Unusual Incident."

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Man Likely Bit By Shark At Jones Beach, Nassau County, New York.

"Medics from the Nassau County Police Department Emergency Ambulance Bureau responded and identified the nature of the injury as a possible shark bite," the Nassau County Police Department stated. "The Nassau County Police Department will have increased patrols at all Nassau beaches over the extended 4th of July holiday weekend."

Shark attacks are rare, but there has been an increase in shark sightings in New York in recent years.

Man Bite By Shark At Smith Point Beach, Suffolk County, New York


Then on Sunday, a man was attacked by a shark in Suffolk County in what officials are calling an "unprecedented attack." Zach Gallo was bit by a shark at Smith Point Beach.

Gallo was taking part in a rip tide training exercise on Sunday around 10:15 a.m. when he felt a "sharp, sharp pain" in his hand. The Suffolk County lifeguard says he was able to wrestle the four to five-foot shark away.

"I hit the shark three times. I went boom, boom, boom. I guess in the third one it spun back and its tail hit me in the chest," Gallo told CBS.

Long Island, New York Teacher Bit By Shark


He was treated and released from a hospital after receiving stitches in his chest. Gallo is a teacher at Sayville High School, ABC reports.

Smith Point Beach, Cupsogue Beach County Park Shut Down Following Shark Attack

Smith Point Beach and Cupsogue Beach County Park were both shut down to swimmers on Sunday following the shark attack.

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5 Signs That Prove New York is Outrageously Funny

I grew up in New York State, and I think it contributed to my sense of humor. Recently I took a trip to the Watkins Glen, NY area with my wife and children. We had a lot of laughs and some of those giggles came right from the signs we saw in the Empire State. These are five of the signs that caught our attention, and proved New York is just a funny place.

15 Of New York State's Most Wanted Criminals- July 2022

Below are individuals wanted by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's (DOCCS) Office of Special Investigations who have been designated as its Most Wanted Fugitives. They should be considered armed and dangerous. This list is current as of 07/02/2022:

NEVER attempt to apprehend a fugitive yourself. If you have information on the location of any of these fugitives, you can contact OSI 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to report it. All leads and tips are treated as confidential information.

If an immediate response is necessary, such as you see the wanted person at a location, please call “911” and report it to the police.

This Upstate New York Restaurant Was Just Named One Of The Best Hidden Gem Restaurants In America

Nestled in a city in Upstate New York that is home to over 2,200 residents, this locally owned restaurant is among an elite list of places worth checking out in all of America.

24/7 Tempo put together a list of the Best Hidden Gem Restaurant in Every State and the choice for New York is located in one of the most historic Olympic capitals of the world- Lake Placid.

The winner is Salt of the Earth Bistro. Here's a look at some of their menu items:

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