Published: Sun, September 16, 2018

Swimmer Dead After Shark Attack On Cape Cod

Swimmer Dead After Shark Attack On Cape Cod

A man has died after he "was bitten by what is believed to be a shark" in the waters of a Cape Cod beach Saturday, the Wellfleet Police Department said.

State police spokesman Dave Procopio said the victim's family has been notified, but police are withholding his identity for now. Hurley says state police and the Cape Cod District Attorney's office are handling the investigation.

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A man in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has died after he was bitten by a shark around noon local time on Saturday. He's still recovering from his puncture wounds in a Boston hospital.

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

There was no immediate word on the type of shark involved in Saturday's attack, but it marks the first time since 1936 that someone has been killed by a shark in MA.


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

He said he saw a "giant eruption of water" and a "lot of trashing" at the time of the harrowing attack. He realised what was happening when the friend came ashore dragging his injured friend.

Mr Booth said the attack victim and his friend were boogie-boarding when the attack happened. Booth said. "It was like right out of that movie Jaws".

The neurologist struck the shark in the gills after remembering a nature documentary that said that was the predator's most sensitive spot. "This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here", he admitted to WBUR.

Barnstable county commissioner Ron Beaty said he had warned something like this could happen.

Gavin Naylor, the director of the program, told CNN that such attacks are "very rare" and that "shark attacks in the summer are a direct effect of more people and more animals in the water".

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