‘Like a bear lure’: Lengthy Island teen recounts vicious shark assault

This shark assault was no joke.

A teenage surfer advised The Submit that he had simply made a wisecrack to a buddy about getting shark bitten within the ocean off Lengthy Island, when one of many more and more harmful sea creatures swam up and chomped his proper foot.

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“I felt one thing on my foot like a bear lure, simply get me from beneath,” Max Haynes, 16, of Islip, stated, recalling the vicious mauling he suffered Wednesday.

“It went straight for my foot and clamped down. It felt prefer it broke my foot.”

Haynes — who has turn out to be the sixth shark assault sufferer in Lengthy Island waters in three weeks — was catching waves together with his buddy, James, roughly 45 toes from the shoreline at Kismet Seashore on Hearth Island when the shark attacked, he stated.

He kicked free from the six-foot man-eater and rushed to shore frantically. 

Max Haynes
Max Haynes was bitten by a shark on Lengthy Island whereas browsing.
Dennis A. Clark
Great White shark
Shark assaults have been on the rise off of the Lengthy Island coast.
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“I used to be considering, I gotta get out of right here proper now. I began paddling and was like, ‘James, you higher comply with me if you wish to get out of right here alive,’” stated Haynes,  a junior lifeguard who works at Jones Seashore.

“It held on for 3 seconds. I used to be kicking and it determined to let me go. It realized I wasn’t a simple goal,” he stated.

When the kids obtained to dry land, his pal initially didn’t consider that he’d been attacked by a shark — till he noticed blood gushing from a 4-inch wound on his proper foot, Haynes stated.

“There’s an excellent sized gash below my toe. Fortunately it didn’t get something worse,” stated  Haynes, a soon-to-be junior at Islip Excessive Faculty. “I feel I’m fortunate.”

Moments earlier than the assault, the excessive schoolers had been joking round in regards to the rash of latest shark chew incidents within the space.

“We have been flipping one another off the board, and laughing.  Thirty seconds later, I get chomped on. It was fairly loopy,” he stated.

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No less than 5 different folks — lifeguards, vacationers and surfers amongst them — have been bitten by sharks in non-fatal incidents off Lengthy Island since June 30.

Hanyes stated he was conscious of the assaults however weighed the possibilities of severe damage towards the nice browsing circumstances, and determined to hold ten anyway.

“It was threat vs. reward,” he stated. “I like browsing rather a lot…It’s [the sharks’] house, not mine,” he stated, including the gravity of the assault didn’t sink in till later.

Max Haynes
The 16-year-old is the sixth shark assault on Lengthy Island prior to now three weeks.
Dennis A. Clark
Max Haynes
Haynes advised The Submit that the shark held on for 3 seconds earlier than letting go.
Dennis A. Clark

“I used to be so pumped up on adrenaline it didn’t actually hit me till I used to be within the ambulance,” he stated.

Haynes stated he’s on treatment for ache and expects his bandaged foot to be healed in just a few weeks, at which level he’ll hit the water once more.

“I’m going again in as quickly as I can,” he stated.

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