Man killed in shark attack off Cape Cod

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WELLFLEET ( Mas­sachusetts): A man was bit­ten by a shark in the wa­ter off a Cape Cod beach and died later at a hos­pi­tal, be­com­ing the state’s first shark attack fa­tal­ity in more than 80 years.

The man, iden­ti­fied by Cape and Is­lands As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Tara Mil­ti­more as 26-year-old Arthur Medici of Re­vere, was at­tacked around noon off New­comb Hol­low Beach, po­lice said.

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 ag­gres- sively kick some­thing be­hind him and a flicker of a tail from the wa­ter. He re­alised 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 was rushed into 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.”

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 on the side of the cape fac­ing the At­lantic Ocean has been closed to swim­ming.

It was the first fa­tal shark attack in Mas­sachusetts since 1936, and the sec­ond shark attack this season.

— AP

Eye­wit­ness: Booth said he was on the shore when he saw the shark attack off New­comb Hol­low Beach in Wellfleet, Mas­sachusetts.

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