Man killed by shark in Massachusetts' first fatal attack for 80 years

Two people look out at the shore after a reported shark attack at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet Mass. Saturday Sept. 15 2018


The unidentified swimmer was reportedly in the water off of Cape Cod's Newcomb Hollow Beach when he was attacked around noon.

Cape Cod, MA - Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty stated today, "Regarding the fatal sharck attack which took place at a beach in Wellfleet on Cape Cod today, It is truly unfortunate that this had to happen". The local district attorney's office and the Massachusetts State Police were investigating.

There was no immediate word on the type of shark involved in Saturday's attack, but it marks the first time since 1936 that someone has been killed by a shark in MA.

A NY man was seriously injured when he was bitten in Truro. The individual is now recovering from his wounds in a Boston hospital. The patient is being transported to Cape Cod Hospital via ambulance.

Medics rushed the man to the hospital, but doctors weren't able to save him. Booth said. "It was like right out of that movie Jaws".

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The most recent shark attack before Truro happened in 2012, when Christopher Myers suffered deep lacerations on both legs after an encounter with a great white. "This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here".

Shark expert, Gavin Naylor, has said that "shark attacks in the summer are a direct outcome of more people and more animals in the water".

At approximately 12:30 pm on Saturday, September 14, a person was allegedly [sic] bite by a shark 300 yards south of Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet. "Right spot, wrong time, I guess".

Great white sharks - one of the ocean's most feared predators - are found in waters off Cape Cod. He freed himself by punching the shark in the gills, he told the Boston Globe.

The chamber noted, though, that interactions between sharks and humans are still rare, based on a study from the University of Florida.

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