Man Killed in Rare Cape Cod Shark Attack

Glen Norman
September 17, 2018

Police say a man has died after being attacked by a shark off Cape Cod in MA.

Joe Booth, a local fisherman and surfer, said he saw the man and his friend boogie boarding when the attack happened.

He was the state's first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years and the second attack victim this summer on Cape Cod.

Witnesses have claimed that they saw the victim and another man boogie boarding just off the beach when the disaster happened. The man's friend had to drag him to shore. CPR was performed on Medici after he was pulled from the water and beach-goers teamed up to carry him down the beach. "There'll be a determination later about what the town wants to do with the beaches going forward".


August 6: Plymouth beach is ordered closed after a man fishing spots a shark by Manomet Point.

Great white sharks are known to frequent Cape Cod.

The Hollywood blockbuster about a shark terrorising the fictitious beach community of Amity Island was filmed in 1975 at Matha's Vineyard about 100 kilometres from where the surfer was attacked on Saturday. "There are more sharks because of the human population and because of the seal population, [which are] the main food source for great white sharks".

It's the first fatal shark attack to take place in MA since 1936. Encounters with sharks are rare, but please remain alert, ' the sign said.


Cape Cod National Seashore warned beachgoers on its website that no lifeguards are on duty at its beaches during offseason months, and advises them to watch for white sharks. The individual is now recovering from his wounds in a Boston hospital.

The Cape Cod National Park Service revealed that around 12:30pm, Medici was knocked off his board while in the waters and was then attacked by the shark.

It was not immediately clear what type of shark attacked the man Saturday or what his injuries entailed.


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