Man killed by shark in Massachusetts' first fatal attack for 80 years

Beachgoers at Newcomb Hollow Beach help carry a victim of a shark attack.                        Twitter  @SoulKontroll

Beachgoers at Newcomb Hollow Beach help carry a victim of a shark attack. Twitter @SoulKontroll

A man in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has died after he was bitten by a shark around noon local time on Saturday.

Arthur Medici, from Revere, Massachusetts, was bitten in the water around midday yesterday off Newcomb Hollow Beach, police said.

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.

In August, a NY man was bitten by a shark at another Cape Cod beach but survived the encounter, according to media reports.

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

'There'll be a determination later about what the town wants to do with the beaches going forward, ' Wellfleet Police Lieutenant Michael Hurley said.

They also encouraged beachgoers to be vigilant and obey signs at the beaches.

Medics rushed the man to the hospital, but doctors weren't able to save him. He realised what was happening when the friend came ashore dragging his injured friend.

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"I saw a worst nightmare unfold here", Booth said. This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here, ' Booth said WBUR.

'The inshore waters off Wellfleet are a feeding ground for Great White Sharks.

According to off-duty lifeguard Adriana Picariello, the man had injuries to his lower extremities and no pulse while he was being tended to on the beach.

Leslie Reynolds, chief ranger at the Cape Cod National Seashore, confirmed the incident that happened about 300 yards south of Newcomb Hollow Beach. "Right spot, wrong time, I guess".

A Cape Cod politician said officials who did not take more aggressive action against sharks bore some responsibility for the fatal attack. Bigelow escaped unscathed. In 2012, Christopher Myers suffered deep lacerations on both legs after an encounter with a great white while body surfing by Truro's Ballston Beach. In a Facebook post, Sears said swimmers needed to assume there are always sharks in the area or "something bad is going to happen".

The attack occurred on Saturday near Newcomb Hollow Beach on Cape Cod.

News Release from County Commissioner Ronald Beaty, published verbatim.

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