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Man dead after suspected shark attack at MA beach

16 September 2018

'I was that guy on the beach screaming "Shark, shark!"

A man boogie boarding off a Cape Cod beach was attacked by a shark on Saturday and died later at a hospital, becoming the state's first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years.

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

The 26-year-old man from Revere was attacked as he was boogie boarding with a friend on Saturday afternoon at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, cops say.

The attack is the first fatal shark attack in MA since 1936, and the second shark attack this season. The Cape Cod District Attorney's office and the Massachusetts State Police are both investigating, Hurley said.

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

Witness Joe Booth saw "a giant eruption of water 15 feet-wide".

"I saw my worst nightmare unfold here", he told Cape Cod Times.

Chris Hartsgrove, acting deputy chief of Cape Cod National Seashore, said the injuries appeared to be from a shark.

The man's death Saturday comes exactly a month after an August 15 shark attack off Cape Cod.

A swimmer has died from an apparent shark bite off the coast of MA in the northeastern United States, a police report on the rare incident said. Lytton suffered deep lacerations on his leg and torso but was able to break free by punching the shark in the gills.

On Saturday, with sunny skies and warm temperatures, Newcomb Hollow Beach was busy, even though summer season was over and lifeguards were not on watch. The beach has since closed, according to the Associated Press.

Last month, the same outlet reported on a warning from Nathan Sears, a natural resources manager and harbormaster in the town of Orleans, Massachusetts.

"It is truly unfortunate that this had to happen", Beaty said. Great white sharks, apex predators, inhabit the waters off the Cape. "[We work] under the assumption that there are always sharks in the vicinity of the swim area".

Man dead after suspected shark attack at MA beach