Man dies af­ter Cape Cod shark attack

Lethbridge Herald - - HEADLINE NEWS | CANADA & BEYOND -

A man boo­gie board­ing off a Cape Cod beach was at­tacked by a shark on Satur­day and died later at a hos­pi­tal, be­com­ing the state’s first shark attack fa­tal­ity in more than 80 years.

The 26-year-old man from Re­vere suc­cumbed to his in­juries fol­low­ing the attack in the wa­ters off New­comb Hol­low Beach in Wellfleet at around noon, Wellfleet Po­lice Lt. Michael Hur­ley said.

Life-sav­ing mea­sures were at­tempted on the beach be­fore the man was taken to Cape Cod Hos­pi­tal in Hyan­nis, where he was pro­nounced dead, State Po­lice spokesman David Pro­co­pio said. The beach has been closed to swim­ming.

The attack is the first fa­tal shark attack in Mas­sachusetts since 1936, and the sec­ond shark attack this season.

A 61-year-old New York man was se­verely in­jured Aug. 15 af­ter fight­ing off a shark off Truro, about 4 miles north of Satur­day’s attack. He’s cur­rently re­cov­er­ing in a Bos­ton hos­pi­tal.

“To­day is just keep­ing ev­ery­one out of wa­ter,” Hur­ley said. “There’ll be a de­ter­mi­na­tion later about what the town wants to do with the beaches go­ing for­ward.”

Beach­go­ers said the Wellfleet beach is pop­u­lar with surfers, and with sunny skies and warm tem­per­a­tures Satur­day it was busy, even though the sum­mer season was over and life­guards were no longer on watch.

Joe Booth, a lo­cal fish­er­man and surfer, said he was on shore when he saw the man and his friend boo­gie board­ing when the attack hap­pened.

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

“I was that guy on the beach scream­ing, ‘Shark, shark!” Booth said. “It was like right out of that movie ‘Jaws.’ This has turned into Amity Is­land real quick out here.”

Booth said oth­ers on the beach at­tempted to make a tourni­quet while oth­ers fran­ti­cally called 911.

Hay­ley Wil­liamson, a Cape Cod res­i­dent and for­mer life­guard who was on the beach at the time, was in dis­be­lief af­ter the man, who po­lice have not yet iden­ti­fied was rushed in an am­bu­lance.

“We’ve been surf­ing all morn­ing right here and they were just fur­ther down,” she said of the two boo­gie board­ers. “Right spot, wrong time, I guess.”

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