26-Year-Old Dies In Cape Cod's First Fatal Shark Attack In 82 Years

A 26-year-old man has died in the first fatal shark attack in Cape Cod for more than 80 years, according to the Daily Mail.

Police report that Arthur Medici was attacked at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet while boogie boarding with his girlfriend's brother on Saturday afternoon.

It's the first fatal shark attack to take place in Massachusetts since 1936.

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Speaking to WBUR, local fisherman and surfer Joe Booth witnessed the attack and said Medici could be seen aggressively kicking something behind him when the flicker of a shark tail could be seen in the water.

"I was that guy on the beach screaming 'shark, shark!' It was like right out of that movie Jaws. This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here."

CBS reports that Medici was brought to shore by his friend where CPR was performed on him and beach goers tried to make a tourniquet to stop the blood flow.

He was taken to a Cape Cod hospital in Hyannis where he died. The beach has since been closed.

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A California surfer, who chose to remain anonymous, saw the victim unconscious and heavily bleeding from his right leg. He described what he saw of Medici's injuries to the Boston Globe.

"I saw that he was bleeding and reached around the back of his leg, and there was nothing there. And there were bone-deep lacerations down by his calf."

A video shared by surfer Andrew Jacobs also shows dozens of Good Samaritans carrying the victim's body away from the water.

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Medici was born in Brazil and came to the US two years ago to attend college. He was described by friends as being 'sweet and humble', according to WCVB.

Though this is the first fatal Massachusetts shark attack in decades, it's the second shark attack to take place in Cape Cod this Summer.

A 61-year-old man was severely injured after fighting off a shark near Truro, Massachusetts in August. The attack took place four miles north of where Saturday's attack happened. The individual is currently recovering from his wounds in a Boston hospital.

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The beach where Medici was boogie boarding has a sign warning of the potential dangers of the water that urges swimmers to 'Be Shark Smart'.

"The inshore waters off Wellfleet are a feeding ground for Great White Sharks. They come to this area to feed on seals. Great White Sharks are predators and should be considered dangerous. Encounters with sharks are rare, but please remain alert."

Wellfleet Police Lieutenant Michael Hurley said "There'll be a determination later about what the town wants to do with the beaches moving forward."

Words by Amy Roberts

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