Man Dies After Shark Attack, First Fatality In Massachusetts In 82 Years

Two people look out at the shore after a reported shark attack at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet Mass. Saturday Sept. 15 2018

The 26-year-old man is from Revere, according to the Massachusetts State Police.

"Life saving measures were attempted on beach", state police spokesman David Procopio said in an email.

Mr Booth said the attack victim and his friend were boogie-boarding when the attack happened. He realized what was happening when the friend came to shore, dragging his injured friend.

The attack was the second in the area this season.

He sustained severe injuries to his legs and is still recovering in hospital.

The last fatal shark attack in MA was in 1936, according to the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

"For Cape Cod we are experiencing an increasingly active shark population, which is a relatively new phenomenon for our region, requiring us to learn best practices in order to keep humans educated and safe", the statement says.

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Witnesses say he was boogie-boarding in the sea off Newcomb Hollow Beach when the attack happened at around 12pm local time (5pm United Kingdom time) on Saturday.

'It was like right out of that movie Jaws.

Booth said it was a quiet day at the beach, and he saw some people boogie-boarding before he noticed some commotion in the water. "This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here".

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

"It is truly unfortunate that this had to happen", Beaty said. The neurologist struck the shark in the gills after remembering a nature documentary that said that was the predator's most sensitive spot.

The state's last shark attack fatality was on July 25, 1936, when 16-year-old Joseph Troy Jr. was bitten in waters off Mattapoisett.

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