Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

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

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

The incident happened at about 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday when the man, who is believed to have been in his mid-20s, was swimming near Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, a town on Cape Cod.

A swimmer in the northeastern United States has died from an apparent shark bite, a police report on the rare incident said. Officials closed the beach shortly after the attack.

He said the man kicked at something behind him, and that there was flicker of a tail from the water. It was like right out of that movie Jaws.

The death came after increasing numbers of shark sightings and warnings about the danger of the predators off Cape Cod waters this summer, and followed an attack on August 15 that severely injured a 61-year-old NY man.

His name has not yet been released to the public but the man's family are said to have been informed.

"We have Troopers from our Cape and Islands Detective Unit and our Crime Scene Services unit investigating along with Wellfleet Police", he told the Herald today.

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"The inshore waters off Wellfleet are a feeding ground for Great White Sharks", the sign reads.

Booth said others on the beach attempted to make a tourniquet while others called 911.

Hayley Williamson, a Cape Cod resident and former lifeguard who was on the beach at the time, was left in disbelief.

Mr Booth said the attack victim and his friend were boogie-boarding when the attack happened. He's now recovering in a Boston hospital. "Right spot, wrong time, I guess". Lytton suffered deep lacerations on his leg and torso but was able to break free by punching the shark in the gills.

Great white sharks - one of the ocean's most feared predators - are found in waters off Cape Cod. Great White Sharks are predators and should be considered risky.

Wendy Northcross, CEO of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, said the Cape doesn't have a lot of experience in how to manage these shark attacks.

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