Fatal Shark Attack In Wellfleet 15 September 2018

Shark attack kills man at Cape Cod beach, the first such fatality in Massachusetts in 82 years

The 26-year-old man is from Revere, according to the Massachusetts State Police.

Wellfleet police Lt. Michael Hurley confirmed at 2:25 p.m. that the shark attack victim died of injuries at Cape Cod Hospital.

The Wellfleet Police Department, which is working with the National Park Service and the State Police on the case, said it is withholding the man's name until the family is notified.

Hurley said state police and the Cape Cod district attorney's office were handling the investigation and added: "Today is just keeping everyone out of water". "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 witness of the attack told the Providence Journal he saw "a giant eruption of water - 15 feet-wide".

A Cape Cod politician said officials who did not take more aggressive action against sharks bore some responsibility for the fatal attack.

He said those officials were responsible for "this frightful shark attack" due to lack of attention and inaction.

He told the Cape Cod Times: "I saw a tail and a lot of thrashing". Great white sharks, apex predators, inhabit the waters off the Cape.

Joe Booth, a local fisherman and surfer, said: "I was that guy on the beach screaming, 'Shark, shark!'"

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

The death came after increasing numbers of shark sightings and warnings about the danger of the predators off Cape Cod waters this summer, and followed an attack on August 15 that severely injured a 61-year-old NY man. "This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here", he admitted to WBUR.

Two people look out at the shore after a reported shark attack at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Mass.

The agency said it would continue to work with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, the Cape Cod National Seashore and others to provide information to help swimmers stay safe. He's now recovering in a Boston hospital.



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