WELLFLEET (CBS) – A 26-year-old Revere man died Saturday after being attacked by a shark at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet.
The Cape Cod National Park Service said the attack happened around 12:30 p.m. 300 yards south of Newcomb Hollow. CPR was performed on the man after he was pulled from the water and beach-goers teamed up to carry him down the beach.
The district attorney’s office identified the victim as Arthur Medici.
Medici was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital by ambulance but did not survive.
“The Town of Wellfleet is heartbroken by this tragedy. We send our sympathies to his family and the friends of this young man. We share the grief and pain you feel. We are grateful to the family, friends, beach staff, public and first responders who worked so valiantly to save his life. Everyone who lives in and visits Wellfleet is part of the Wellfleet community. Today we lost a member of our community and we grieve his passing,” Town Administrator Dan Hoort and Wellfleet Selectboard Chair Janet Reinhart said in a statement.
Visitors to Newcomb Hollow Beach are greeted by a sign warning them to “Be Shark Smart.” The sign advises to avoid swimming near seals, to swim close to shore in waist deep water, and to swim or surf in groups.
“The inshore waters off Wellfleet are a feeding ground for Great White Sharks,” the sign reads. “They come to this area to feed on seals. Great White Sharks are predators and should be considered dangerous. Encounters with sharks are rare, but please remain alert.”
This is the second shark attack this summer off Cape Cod. A New York man was seriously injured when he was bitten in Truro.
This is the first fatal shark attack in the area was 1936 off Mattapoisett.
After a series of shark sightings and the attack in Truro, the Orleans harbormaster warned swimmers they needed to change their habits. Experts said at the time aggressive feeding close to shore was expected to continue into the fall months.
In 2017, a shark bit a man’s paddle board off Marconi Beach in Wellfleet.
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