Cape Cod officials react to fatal shark attack in Wellfleet

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WELLFLEET, Mass. A man was bitten by a shark Saturday in the water off a Cape Cod beach and died later at a hospital, becoming the state's first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years.

The unidentified swimmer was reportedly in the water off of Cape Cod's Newcomb Hollow Beach when he was attacked around noon. The Cape Cod District Attorney's office and the Massachusetts State Police are both investigating, Hurley said.

"The town beaches are closed to swimming for the next 24 hours", the police said.

This is the first fatal shark attack to take place in MA since 1936.

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The man's death Saturday comes exactly a month after an August 15 shark attack off Cape Cod. He's now recovering in a Boston hospital.

Mr Booth said the attack victim and his friend were boogie-boarding when the attack happened. CPR was performed on the man after he was pulled from the water and beach-goers teamed up to carry him down the beach. He realised what was happening when the friend came ashore dragging his injured friend.

"I saw a worst nightmare unfold here", Booth said.

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

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The attack occurred on Saturday near Newcomb Hollow Beach on Cape Cod.

Reinhart said she hoped to discuss the incident with fellow Select Board members before saying anything further.

Two people look out at the water after a shark attack at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Mass., on September 15. "Right spot, wrong time, I guess". He was then transported to Cape Cod Hospital via ambulance, according to the Cape Cod National Park Service.

This is the second shark attack to take place in Cape Cod this summer. It's also the first fatal attack in the United States since April 2015. He freed himself by punching the shark in the gills, he told the Boston Globe.

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