Man dies after apparent shark bite on Cape Cod

Shark attack kills man at Cape Cod beach, the first such fatality in Massachusetts in 82 years

The man, identified Saturday night as Arthur Medici, was boogie boarding about 300 yards south of Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet when a shark attacked him around 12:15 p.m., according to authorities.

The victim was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The beach has been closed to swimming. He realized what was happening when the friend came to shore, dragging his injured friend.

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

His attack was the first in MA waters since 2012.

The name of the victim has not been released, but officials said he is a man in his 20s. The local district attorney's office and the Massachusetts State Police were investigating.

The incident happened at Newcomb Hollow Beach around lunchtime on Saturday.

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

The man suffered "injuries to his lower extremities", an off-duty lifeguard told The Cape Cod Times.

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. "Right spot, wrong time, I guess".

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 effect of more people and more animals in the water".

Great white sharks - one of the ocean's most feared predators - are found in waters off Cape Cod.

Barnstable county commissioner Ron Beaty said he had warned something like this could happen.

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