Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Man dies after apparent shark bite on Cape Cod

Man dies after apparent shark bite on Cape Cod

A 26-year-old man from Revere died after he was attacked by a shark in the waters off a beach in Wellfleet on Saturday afternoon, according to State Police.

The incident happened at about 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday when the man, who is believed to have been in his mid-20s, was swimming near Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, a town on Cape Cod. There's been no decision made yet on what the city will do with the beaches going forward but the incident is now being investigated by the State Police and the Cape and Islands District Attorney's office. The beach has since closed, according to the Associated Press.

The last shark attack deal was in 1936 when a 16-year-old was bitten off Mattapoisett. The individual is now recovering from his wounds in a Boston hospital. Beach goers also tried to stop his bleeding by making a tourniquet on site, but sadly, Medici later passed away at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis after succumbing to the serious injuries. The man's friend had to drag him to shore.

"I saw a worst nightmare unfold here", Booth said.

"I was that guy on the beach screaming, 'Shark, shark!"

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"The inshore waters off Wellfleet are a feeding ground for Great White Sharks", the sign reads. This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here, ' Booth said WBUR.

Hayley Williamson, a Cape Cod resident and former lifeguard who was on the beach at the time, was in disbelief after the man was rushed into an ambulance.

The chamber noted, though, that interactions between sharks and humans are still rare, based on a study from the University of Florida.

"It is truly unfortunate that this had to happen", Beaty said.

Before the August bite in Truro, the most recent shark bite on the Cape occurred in 2017, according to the Global Shark Attack File, when a great white nibbled Cleveland Bigelow's boogie board in the waters off of Marconi Beach in Wellfleet.

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