Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Shark kills man boogie boarding off Cape Cod beach as sightings increase

Shark attack kills man at Cape Cod beach, the first such fatality in Massachusetts in 82 years Swimmer Dead After Shark Attack On Cape Cod
Patty Aguilar | 16 September, 2018, 15:04

Police said the man suffered serious injuries and CPR was performed at the beach, but he was later pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital.

A 26-year-old man has been killed in a shark attack off Cape Cod. The sign advises to avoid swimming near seals, to swim close to shore in waist deep water, and to swim or surf in groups.

Great white sharks - one of the ocean's most feared predators - are found in waters off Cape Cod.

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.

Newcomb Hollow Beach was closed after a fatal shark attack on September 15, 2018.

It was he second shark attack this season after a 61-year-old NY man fought off a shark off Truro. A NY man was seriously injured when he was bitten in Truro.

There hasn't been a fatal shark attack in MA since 1936, when a swimmer was killed in Mattapoisett. Almost 40 years prior, in 1897, a man fishing south of Lynn was killed.

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"It was like right out of that movie Jaws". "Some gentlemen got bit by a shark".

"Some gentleman got bit by a shark - we never wanted this to happen, ever, anywhere". "There'll be a determination later about what the town wants to do with the beaches going forward". He described how the late victim kicked something behind him, before a tale emerged from the water. "You could tell by the body language of the guys in the water something wasn't right".

An eyewitness, local fisherman Joe Booth, saw the moment the shark attacked.

He said the man was unconscious when he was pulled out of the water and onto the beach.

Statistics on fatal, unprovoked attacks in Massachusetts are rare because there isn't enough data, Gregory Skomal, a senior scientist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, told the Times in July.

Sightings of great white sharks have soared this year in Cape Cod, where the suspected shark attack happened.

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