Man Dies After Brutal Shark Attack in Cape Cod
CAPE COD, MASSACHUSETTS — September 17, 2018
A man in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has died after he was bitten by a shark around noon local time on Saturday.
According to the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office, the man was identified as 26-year-old Arthur Medici of Revere. He was seen boogie-boarding about 30 yards off the beach when the attack occurred.
The victim's friend and surfer Joe Booth, at some point saw, that Medici hit something underwater, and the moment Booth noticed the shark tail. He realized that everything was serious when the other man swam to the shore, grabbed the wounded friend.
The witnesses on the beach helped pull the victim out of the water, someone tried to impose a tourniquet. The paramedics then arrived and performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and rushed the man to the Cape Cod Hospital by officials with Wellfleet Fire Department but succumbed to his injuries.
Medici’s death is said to be the first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts since 1936.
Before the latest incident, an August 15, 61-year-old William Lytton was swimming off Long Nook Beach in Truro, also on Cape Cod. The neurologist struck the shark in the gills after remembering a nature documentary that said that was the predator's most sensitive spot. His attack was the first in Massachusetts waters since 2012.
The Scarsdale, New York, native hopes to be released soon from the hospital and rehabilitation center he's been in since but has one more surgery scheduled.
It was not immediately clear what type of shark attacked Medici or what his injuries entailed.
Lt. Michael Hurley of the Wellfleet Police Department was not immediately available for additional comment when contacted by Fox News on Saturday.