Man Dies After Shark Attack, First Fatality In Massachusetts In 82 Years

Leroy Wright
September 16, 2018

The Cape Cod National Park Service reported that at 12.30pm the man was knocked off his board by the shark then attacked, marking the state's first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years.

The man's death Saturday comes exactly a month after an August 15 shark attack off Cape Cod.

Michael Hurley tells The Associated Press a man in his mid-20s succumbed to his injuries following the attack in the waters off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet at around noon Saturday.

Emergency personnel respond to Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Mass, on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

The beach was closed following the attack.

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

Picariello and two other off-duty Wellfleet lifeguards were at Newcomb Hollow at the time of the attack and assisted with medical help. The man was standing about 30 yards offshore when he was bitten.

Barnstable County Commissioner Ronald Beaty Jr., who received national attention last summer by advocating the use of baited drum lines to catch and kill great white sharks, was among the first to issue a statement. Almost 40 years prior, in 1897, a man fishing south of Lynn was killed.

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"Just a giant eruption of water".

He said he saw the man kick aggressively kick something behind him and a flicker of a tail from the water. "There'll be a determination later about what the town wants to do with the beaches going forward".

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

Eyewitness Joe Booth described horrifying scenes as the man was pulled from the looking like he was in "a world of hurt".

Great white shark sightings in Cape Cod have soared this year, with experts blaming increased seal levels close to the region's beaches.

Wendy Northcross, CEO of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, said the Cape doesn't have a lot of experience in how to manage these shark attacks. Great White Sharks are predators and should be considered risky.

"This is rough", she said about two shark attacks in one season."This is not good".

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