Man dies after shark attack off Cape Cod

The man who has not yet been identified was swimming off the coast of Newcomb Hollow Beach when “he was bitten by what is believed to be a shark,” the Wellfleet Police Department said

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

The victim was about 30 feet out in the waves off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet at around noon when the shark attacked, police and witnesses said.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was swimming off the coast of Newcomb Hollow Beach when "he was bitten by what is believed to be a shark", the Wellfleet Police Department said. The agency says the attack happened 300 yards south of the beach.

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

The attack occurred on Saturday near Newcomb Hollow Beach on Cape Cod.

A 61-year-old NY man was severely injured August 15 after fighting off a shark off Truro, about 4 miles north of Saturday's attack. The man survived the bite.

If confirmed as a shark attack, it would be the first death caused by a shark in MA since 1936, according to sharkattackdata.com, an online database. Almost 40 years prior, in 1897, a man fishing south of Lynn was killed.

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Great white shark sightings in Cape Cod have soared this year, with experts blaming increased seal levels close to the region's beaches.

"Some gentleman got bit by a shark - we never wanted this to happen, ever, anywhere".

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

"Just a giant eruption of water". It was like right out of that movie Jaws.

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

Two people look out at the shore after a reported shark attack at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Mass.

He said the man was unconscious when he was pulled out of the water and onto the beach. The man, described as being in his mid-twenties, was reportedly using a boogie board at the time of the attack.

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