Man dies after suspected shark attack on Cape Cod


The victim, in his mid-20s, "was bitten by what is believed to be a shark" while he swam at Newcomb Hollow Beach in the Cape Cod area, Wellfleet Police said in a statement Saturday (Sep 15).

Police report that Arthur Medici was attacked at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet while boogie boarding with his girlfriend's brother on Saturday afternoon. Officials closed the beach shortly after the attack.

A 61-year-old man from NY was seriously injured last month, just five miles away, after punching a shark in the gills off Long Nook Beach near the town of Truro.

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. The patient is being transported to Cape Cod Hospital via ambulance.

The two legislators thanked the Wellfleet Fire and Police departments, the town's beach staff and bystanders "whose preparation and quick action provided help as soon as possible".

He suffered puncture wounds to the leg and torso when he was bitten by a shark around 30 yards off the beach. The man's friend had to drag him to shore.

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"We are witnessing sharks feeding aggressively in shockingly shallow water on an nearly daily basis over this past August", he wrote.

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

The incident happened at Newcomb Hollow Beach around lunchtime on Saturday (US time).

The agency said it would continue to work with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, the Cape Cod National Seashore and others to provide information to help swimmers stay safe. The neurologist struck the shark in the gills after remembering a nature documentary that said that was the predator's most sensitive spot.

News Release from County Commissioner Ronald Beaty, published verbatim.