Man dies after shark attack off Cape Cod


Emergency personnel respond to Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Mass.

A man in his 20s has died after being injured in a suspected shark attack in the MA in the United States. It's not immediately clear the extent of the person's injuries.

Visitors to Newcomb Hollow Beach are greeted by a sign warning them to "Be Shark Smart".

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.

The incident occurred around noon ET at Newcomb Hollow Beach, Wellfleet police said.

Local fisherman and surfer Joe Booth said he was on the shore and witnessed the attack.

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He said the man kicked at something behind him, and that there was flicker of a tail from the water.

He suffered puncture wounds to the leg and torso when he was bitten by a shark around 30 yards off the beach.

"I saw a worst nightmare unfold here", Booth said. This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here, ' Booth said WBUR.

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He was pulled from the water, given first aid and taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where he later died, according to the Wellfleet Police Department.

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.

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The name of the victim has not been released, but officials said he is a man in his 20s.

This is the first fatal shark attack to take place in MA since 1936.

On Aug. 15, a great white shark bit a NY man swimming off Long Nook Beach in Truro, Mass. He's now recovering in a Boston hospital.

"Today is just keeping everyone out of water", said Lt. Hurley.

Great white shark sightings in Cape Cod have soared this year, with experts blaming increased seal levels close to the region's beaches.

This was the second shark attack on Cape Cod this summer.

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