Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Revere man killed in shark attack at Wellfleet beach

Revere man killed in shark attack at Wellfleet beach

A swimmer has died after being bitten by a shark in the waters off Wellfleet, Massachusetts, in what appears to be the state's first fatal shark attack in more than 80 years.

Police report that Arthur Medici was attacked at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet while boogie boarding with his girlfriend's brother on Saturday afternoon. The Cape Cod District Attorney's office and the Massachusetts State Police are both investigating, Hurley said.

The beach was closed to swimming, according to Wellfleet Police Lieutenant Michael Hurley.

Yesterday's fatal shark attack off the coast of Wellfleet - the first in MA since 1936 - followed a very active summer of shark sightings on the Cape.

A 61-year-old NY man was severely injured on August 15 after fighting off a shark off Truro, about four miles north of Saturday's attack. The individual is now recovering from his wounds in a Boston hospital. The incident occurred in Truro within the boundary of Cape Cod National Seashore.

A "Be Shark Smart" sign at Newcomb Hollow Beach. The man's friend had to drag him to shore.

Though this is the first fatal MA shark attack in decades, it's the second shark attack to take place in Cape Cod this Summer.

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"I saw a worst nightmare unfold here", Booth said.

'The inshore waters off Wellfleet are a feeding ground for Great White Sharks.

Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, MA. appears in this undated stock photo. This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here, ' Booth said WBUR.

The man suffered "injuries to his lower extremities", an off-duty lifeguard told The Cape Cod Times. "Right spot, wrong time, I guess". Many locals say it's the norm to swim fearlessly in the water because shark attacks are so rare.

There have been frequent shark sightings this summer along the outer Cape, often leading to beach closings.

"It is truly unfortunate that this had to happen", Beaty said.

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