Smith Point Beach is closed
County said Sunday, Smith Point Beach is closed after attacked by a shark.
A lifeguard playing a victim in a training exercise became one in real life when he was bitten by a shark, authorities in Suffolk
Lifeguard Zack Gallo, 33, was doing well after coming all too close to reenacting a scene from the iconic 1974 movie “Jaws,” whose plot centered around Fourth of July celebrations off Long Island.
A shark of unknown species, but thought to be 3 or 4 feet long, nipped Gallo in the chest and the hand off Smith Point Beach in Suffolk County Sunday, County Executive Steve Bellone said of the 10:15 a.m. incident.
The lifeguard managed to stagger out of the water, alerting his fellow trainees, who rendered aid.
“He was bleeding significantly,” Bellone said at a press conference on the beach Sunday afternoon, adding that Gallo was “at the hospital getting stitched up.”
“He received two stitches to his hand,” spokesperson Nicole Russo told the Daily News. “None to his chest.”
Smith Point, about 70 miles east of New York City, was closed for the day, as was neighboring Cupsogue Beach County Park in Westhampton Beach. Bellone said the beaches were going to be open on Monday for Independence Day revelers.