Cops issue scary new swimming rules after 6 people attacked by sharks in a month

Long Island residents have been given a terrifying list of open water do's and don'ts in the wake of the sixth shark attack of the summer season.

Yesterday (July 20), a 16-year-old surfer became the latest victim after he was attacked in the waters near Fire Island in New York.

And although he like the other victims only suffered a “minor” bite, officials are worried because they couldn't find the shark afterwards.

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As the number of incidents spirals and more tourists flock to the seaside resort, exasperated politicians have pledged to act decisively to alleviate the threat.

New York's Governor Kathy Hochul has said she is taking no chances and urged state agencies to take all available precautions, reports Reuters.

She said: "We are taking action to expand patrols for sharks and protect beachgoers from potentially dangerous situations."

The governor has said she will introduce more lifeguards, and an enhanced drone surveillance programme working 24/7 to spot sharks before they get near humans.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has also published a chilling set of rules all swimmers must follow if they do not wish to become shark bait.

The list is as follows:

  • Avoid areas with seals.
  • Avoid areas with schools of bait fish, often characterized by fish splashing on the surface, diving sea birds, or the presence of marine mammals such as dolphins.
  • Avoid areas where people are fishing.
  • Avoid swimming in the ocean at dusk, dawn, or nighttime.
  • Avoid murky water.
  • Avoid isolation. Swim, paddle, kayak, and surf in groups.
  • Swim close to shore, where your feet can touch the bottom.
  • Always follow the instructions of lifeguards and Parks staff.
  • Adhere to all signage at beaches.

  • Massive eight-foot great white shark discovered washed up dead on beach by stunned cops

The warnings come after a huge great white shark was found dead by police officers on a Long Island beach.

Law enforcement came across the ocean predator when reports of a dead shark were called in, with locals of Long Island, New York alerting officers to the big beast.

The massive eight-foot great white shark was a terrifying sight for beachgoers and police alike as the huge beast was photographed on its side, its mouth hanging open.

Before police could secure the body of the behemoth shark, it was washed back away into the water, an official has stated.

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