Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Revere man killed in shark attack at Wellfleet beach

The man who has not yet been identified was swimming off the coast of Newcomb Hollow Beach when “he was bitten by what is believed to be a shark,” the Wellfleet Police Department said Shark attack kills man at Cape Cod beach, the first such fatality in Massachusetts in 82 years
Deanna Wagner | 16 September, 2018, 15:00

CPR was performed on the man after he was pulled from the water and beach-goers teamed up to carry him down the beach.

The Wellfleet Police Department reported the incident on Facebook shortly afterwards saying it is believed to be a shark bite attack, adding that the identification of the victim is being withheld until proper notification.

The last fatal shark attack in MA was in 1936, according to the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

At the site of Saturday's attack, people are greeted by a sign warning them to "Be Shark Smart" and advising swimmers to not swim near seals, close to the shore or in waist deep water.

The man suffered "injuries to his lower extremities", an off-duty lifeguard told The Cape Cod Times.

He is the state's first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years.

A MA man has been killed after he was attacked by a shark on a Cape Cod beach.

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The incident happened at Newcomb Hollow Beach around lunchtime on Saturday (US time).

The man was pronounced dead at Cape Cod hospital in Hyannis.

'It was like right out of that movie Jaws.

The National Park Service, which is responsible for that part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, tweeted that the attack took place about 300 yards south of the beach.

The victim of the August attack, William Lytton, a 61-year-old neurologist, told the Boston Globe this week he hoped to be released at the end of the month from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. "Right spot, wrong time, I guess". United States park rangers and Wellfleet Police are investigating. The beach has since closed, according to the Associated Press.

Numerous shark sightings have been reported in the Cape Cod area this summer, including several involving great whites. Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty said he had warned something like this could happen and urged measures to reduce the number of white sharks. Joseph Troy Jr., a 16-year-old, was killed by a great white in Mattapoisett on Buzzards Bay in 1936.