United States swimmer dies from suspected shark attack

The attack happened around noon at Newcomb Hollow Beach

A shark killed a 26-year-old man swimming off a popular MA beach on Saturday, marking the first fatal shark attack in the state in 82 years.

Just last month, a 61-year-old man suffered puncture wounds following another Cape Cod shark attack.

A 26-year-old boogie boarder had been enjoying the waves off of Cape Cod at Newcomb Hollow Beach with a friend when he was viciously attacked by a shark, according to the Daily Mail.

Two people look out at the shore after a reported shark attack at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Mass, on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. The sign advises to avoid swimming near seals, to swim close to shore in waist deep water, and to swim or surf in groups.

Emergency personnel respond to Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Mass. The man survived the bite.

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There hasn't been a fatal shark attack in MA since 1936, when a swimmer was killed in Mattapoisett.

"Just a giant eruption of water".

He added: "You could tell by the body language of the guys in the water something wasn't right".

The two legislators thanked the Wellfleet Fire and Police departments, the town's beach staff and bystanders "whose preparation and quick action provided help as soon as possible".

He said he saw the man kick aggressively kick something behind him and a flicker of a tail from the water.

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

Eyewitness Joe Booth described horrifying scenes as the man was pulled from the looking like he was in "a world of hurt".

Statistics on fatal, unprovoked attacks in Massachusetts are rare because there isn't enough data, Gregory Skomal, a senior scientist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, told the Times in July.

There have been frequent shark sightings this summer along the outer Cape, often leading to beach closings. Great White Sharks are predators and should be considered unsafe.

Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty released a statement following Saturday's attack, saying he hopes the incident will result in the "formation of an official task force made up of key federal, state, regional, and local officials as well as relevant experts, to fully and completely address the Cape Cod shark problem".

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