A shark attack victim is taken to a medical helicopter in Truro, Mass. Wednesday.
TRURO, Mass. – A man swimming off the coast of Cape Cod, was attacked by a shark on Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital. It was the first shark attack on a man at the popular summer tourist destination since 2012.
The victim was a 61-year-old man, who suffered puncture wounds to his upper body and the legs, said Gary Sullivan, assistant harbour master in Truro. The attack happened around 4 a.m. in the Long Corner on the Beach in Truro, on the Atlantic Ocean side of the peninsula, he told The Associated Press.
The man was taken by medical flight to a hospital for treatment. Truro fire chief Timothy Collins said the victim was “conscious and talking.”
“We hope for the best,” he told the Cape Cod Times.
Truro police described the shark attack as confirmed and not free the victim’s name or place of residence. But Truro the website said the beach was closed until further notice.
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Numerous shark sightings have been reported in the area this summer, including a number involving great white sharks, the species is immortalized in the “Jaws” movies. There was no confirmation that Wednesday’s attack paired with a great white shark.
The newspaper said witnesses noticed the man swimming away from the beach.
Truro is the site of the last shark attack on Cape Cod, in July 2012, when a Colorado man suffered a bite at Ballston Beach.
Massachusetts last shark attack fatality was in 1936.