Man Dies After Shark Attack on Cape Cod

Aaron Brown
September 16, 2018

Wellfleet Police Lt Michael Hurley confirmed the victim, a man in his mid-20s, died of his injuries following the attack, the first fatal shark incident in MA since 1936.

It happened at about 12 p.m. Saturday at Newcomb Hollow Beach, Wellfleet police said on Facebook. "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.

A shark had been spotted at Newcomb Hollow Beach as recently as September 1, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's Sharktivity app.

Visitors to Newcomb Hollow Beach are greeted by a sign warning them to "Be Shark Smart".

Police said the name of the victim is being withheld until his family has been informed.

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

Several years ago a man was confirmed to have been bitten by a great white shark in the ocean near the shoreline of Truro in Cape Cod. He's still recovering from his puncture wounds in a Boston hospital. "Right spot, wrong time, I guess".

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"Today is just keeping everyone out of water", Hurley said.

The two legislators thanked the Wellfleet Fire and Police departments, the town's beach staff and bystanders "whose preparation and quick action provided help as soon as possible". USA park rangers and Wellfleet Police are investigating.

Sightings of great white sharks have soared this year in Cape Cod, where the suspected shark attack happened.

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

Along with federal, state, and local officials, he blames the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy for not taking the issue more seriously.

The state's last shark attack fatality was on July 25, 1936, when 16-year-old Joseph Troy Jr. was bitten in waters off Mattapoisett.

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