U.S. swimmer dies from suspected shark attack

Two people look out at the shore after a reported shark attack at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet Mass. Saturday Sept. 15 2018

Two people look out at the shore after a reported shark attack at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet Mass. Saturday Sept. 15 2018

Officials closed the beach shortly after the attack. "15ft wide. I saw a tail and a lot of thrashing", Joe Booth said. He realized what was happening when the friend came ashore dragging his injured friend.

Two people look out at the water after a shark attack at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Mass., on September 15.

"I saw a worst nightmare unfold here", Booth said. "This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here".

He said others on the beach attempted to make a tourniquet while others frantically called the emergency services.

He was pulled from the water, given first aid and taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where he later died, according to the Wellfleet Police Department.

His attack was the first in MA waters since 2012.

The death follows an August 15 attack on 61-year-old William Lytton, who was swimming off Long Nook Beach in Truro, also on Cape Cod.

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Chris Hartsgrove, acting deputy chief of Cape Cod National Seashore, said the injuries appeared to be from a shark.

At Newcomb Hollow Beach, the site of Saturday's incident, beach goers are greeted by a sign warning them to "Be Shark Smart", according to a local CBS affiliate.

"The inshore waters off Wellfleet are a feeding ground for Great White Sharks", the sign reads.

A swimmer has died from an apparent shark bite off the coast of MA in the northeastern United States, a police report on the rare incident said.

Hurley said the Cape Cod District Attorney will handle an investigation in to the incident.

According to off-duty lifeguard Adriana Picariello, the man had injuries to his lower extremities and no pulse while he was being tended to on the beach.

The most recent shark attack before Truro happened in 2012, when Christopher Myers suffered deep lacerations on both legs after an encounter with a great white.

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