Man dies after shark attack off Cape Cod

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

The man, identified by Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Tara Miltimore as Arthur Medici of Revere, Massachusetts as attacked around noon on Saturday off Newcomb Hollow Beach, police said.

The victim was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 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 sign advises to avoid swimming near seals, to swim close to shore in waist deep water, and to swim or surf in groups", said the CBS affiliate.

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.

August 15: A NY tourist is attacked by a shark 30 yards from the shore of Longnook Beach in Truro and sent to Tufts Medical Center in Boston for treatment in the first shark attack on a human in the state since 2012. The individual is now recovering from his wounds in a Boston hospital. "There'll be a determination later about what the town wants to do with the beaches going forward", he said.

He said he saw the man kick at something behind him and then glimpsed a flicker of a tail from the water. He realized what was happening when the friend came ashore dragging his injured friend.

"I saw a worst nightmare unfold here", Booth said. It's also the first fatal attack in the United States since April 2015.

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".

"We are deeply saddened that a young man has died from an apparent shark bite today off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet", state Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, and Sen. "Right spot, wrong time, I guess".

However, shark sightings around the Cape have reportedly been more frequent this year, leading to several beach closings. He freed himself by punching the shark in the gills, he told the Boston Globe.

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