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Man dead after suspected shark attack at MA beach

16 September 2018, 09:41 | Devin Moran


Two people look out at the shore after a reported shark attack at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet Mass. Saturday Sept. 15 2018

A 26-year-old man from Revere died after he was attacked by a shark off a Cape Cod beach Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

The man was pronounced dead at Cape Cod hospital in Hyannis. The Cape Cod District Attorney's office and the Massachusetts State Police are both investigating, Hurley said.

The beach was closed as National Park Service Rangers and Wellfleet police conducted an investigation.

The last shark attack deal was in 1936 when a 16-year-old was bitten off Mattapoisett.

A NY man was severely injured August 15 after fighting off a shark off Truro, also on Cape Cod. Shortly after, he was rushed to the Cape Cod Hospital by officials with Wellfleet Fire Department but succumbed to his injuries.

Booth said it was a quiet day at the beach, and he saw some people boogie-boarding before he noticed some commotion in the water.

The beach where Medici was boogie boarding has a sign warning of the potential dangers of the water that urges swimmers to "Be Shark Smart". The man's friend had to drag him to shore.

"It was like right out of that movie Jaws".

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

Reinhart said she hoped to discuss the incident with fellow Select Board members before saying anything further.

Emergency personnel respond to Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Mass, on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. "Right spot, wrong time, I guess". He freed himself by punching the shark in the gills, he told the Boston Globe. "Encounters with sharks are rare, but please remain alert".

Shark expert, Gavin Naylor, has said that "shark attacks in the summer are a direct effect of more people and more animals in the water".

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

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