Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Swimmer Killed in Rare Cape Cod Shark Attack

Swimmer Killed in Rare Cape Cod Shark Attack

Wellfleet police Lt. Michael Hurley confirmed at 2:25 p.m. that the shark attack victim died of injuries at Cape Cod Hospital. The sign advises to avoid swimming near seals, to swim close to shore in waist deep water, and to swim or surf in groups.

Witnesses say he was boogie-boarding in the sea off Newcomb Hollow Beach when the attack happened at around 12pm local time (5pm United Kingdom time) on Saturday. He described how the late victim kicked something behind him, before a tale emerged from the water.

"I publicly and urgently call for the formation of an official task force made up of key federal, state, regional, and local officials as well as relevant experts, to fully and completely address the Cape Cod shark problem before another human is horrifically killed by these voracious predators", he said in a statement. It was like right out of that movie Jaws.

The last fatal shark attack in MA was in 1936, according to the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The death is being investigated by the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office.

The attack occurred on Saturday near Newcomb Hollow Beach on Cape Cod.


According to off-duty lifeguard Adriana Picariello, the man had injuries to his lower extremities and no pulse while he was being tended to on the beach.

In August another man, 61-year-old neurologist William Lyton, was attacked by a shark just six miles away from Saturday's incident. "Right spot, wrong time, I guess". He's still recovering from his puncture wounds in a Boston hospital.

Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty said he anxious this would happen.

The victim was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital by ambulance but did not survive.

On Saturday a Cape Cod politician told the Associated Press officials who did not take more aggressive action against sharks bore some responsibility for the fatal attack.

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