Fatal Shark Attack In Wellfleet 15 September 2018

Blanche Robertson
September 16, 2018

Wellfleet police Lt. Michael Hurley told The Associated Press that the victim was a man in his mid-20s, but his identity has not been disclosed.

The man was pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.

The death follows an August 15 attack on 61-year-old William Lytton, who was swimming off Long Nook Beach in Truro, also on Cape Cod.

"I was that guy on the beach screaming, 'Shark, shark", he said.

Booth said it was a quiet day at the beach, and he saw some people boogie-boarding before he noticed some commotion in the water. The man's friend had to drag him to shore.

Mr Booth said others on the beach attempted to make a tourniquet while others frantically called 911. "Fifteen feet wide. I saw a tail and a lot of thrashing", Booth said.

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.

The family of the victim, who was from Revere, Massachusetts, was notified but police were not yet releasing his name, Procopio said.

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The attack is being investigated by State Police and the Cape and Islands District Attorney's office.

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.

Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, MA. appears in this undated stock photo. Great white sharks, apex predators, inhabit the waters off the Cape.

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. He's now recovering in a Boston hospital. A shark's powerful jaws clamped down William Lytton's leg a few yards from the shoreline.

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

Gavin Naylor, the director of the program, told CNN that such attacks are "very rare" and that "shark attacks in the summer are a direct outcome of more people and more animals in the water".

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

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