Massachusetts noticed its first shark assault fatality in additional than 80 years on Saturday when a male swimmer died in Cape Cod.
In a Fb submit shared Saturday afternoon, the Wellfleet Police Division introduced male swimmer in his mid-20s “was bitten by what’s believed to be a shark” round 12 p.m. at Newcomb Hole Seashore.
“I used to be that man on the seaside screaming, ‘Shark, shark!’ It was like proper out of that film Jaws,” Joe Sales space, an area fisherman who was on the shore when the assault occurred, informed the Related Press. “This has was Amity Island actual fast out right here.”
The sufferer — whose identification is being withheld till his subsequent of kin has been notified — “was pulled from the water” and “supplied emergency first support,” together with CPR, authorities mentioned.
He “was transported to Cape Cod Hospital by the Wellfleet Hearth Division” and later died on the hospital from accidents, Wellfleet police mentioned.
Sources on the scene informed CapeCod.com that the sufferer was browsing on his boogie board on the time of the assault. Unconscious with severe leg accidents, he was pulled from the water by his pal, the outlet reported.
In line with the AP, the seaside has since been closed.
Although the summer time season is over, and lifeguards weren’t on obligation, “sunny skies and heat temperatures” on Saturday attracted beachgoers, the AP reported.
“We’ve been browsing all morning proper right here,” Hayley Williamson, a Cape Cod resident and former lifeguard who was on the seaside on the time, informed the AP. “They had been simply additional down. Proper spot, flawed time, I suppose.”
“Wellfleet PD is working with the Nationwide Park Service and the MA State Police on this investigation,” authorities mentioned within the Fb submit. “Additional data might be launched by the District Lawyer’s Workplace.”
Saturday’s assault comes lower than a month after a New York man, 61, fought off a shark in Truro on Aug. 15, the AP reported. He was severely injured and is presently recovering in a Boston hospital.
The final deadly shark assault in Massachusetts was 16-year-old Joseph Troy Jr., who was bitten in waters off Mattapoisett on July 25, 1936, the AP reported.