Waters closed following Cape Cod shark attack; beach manager says that the people should use ‘common sense’ after fatal incident



Man dies after Cape Cod shark attack

The police says Cape Cod shark attack victim was a young man in his twenties; Bryan Llenas reports.

The Cape Cod town of Wellfleet, Mass., has issued a warning to swimmers in the wake of a shark attack that claimed the life of 26-year-old Arthur Medici on Saturday, although not everyone is heeding the advice.

In a press release issued on Sunday, Cape Cod National Seashore, confirmed that Wellfleet’s beaches – including the Newcomb Hollow Beach, where the Medici was attacked were closed to swimming,” but surfers and paddleboarders have been spotted in the water the same day.

Visitors of Newcomb Hollow Beach on Saturday standing near a sign urging the residents “Shark Smart” when entering the water.

(AP/Susan Haigh)

Suzanne Thomas, the beach manager for Wellfleet, told Fox News on Monday morning that the reopening of the beach for swimming is discussed, but “no decision has been made at this time.”

“This is a directive issued by the City, in the interest of the safety of the swimmers and surfers. We must rely on common sense and the will to survive,” she added. “The end time is not decided yet.”


Officials posted signs informing visitors at Newcomb Hollow, that the beach was closed on Saturday, after the Medici — a technical student who is originally from Brazil, but a resident of Revere, Mass. — was bitten by a shark while boogie-boarding at about 30 metres from the beach at around noon. A friend dragged Medici to shore after the attack, where CPR was performed.

Officials posted signs tell visitors of the beaches were closed on Saturday. The beach manager for Wellfleet has said: “no decision has been taken,” as the only official reopening.

(Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times via AP)

He was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital in Boston, where he was eventually pronounced dead. The specific nature of his injuries, nor any information about the type of shark attacked him have been made public.

Medici’s death is believed to be the first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts since 1936.

Beachgoers on Newcomb Hollow Beach were greeted by signs reading “Beach Closed” following Saturday’s attack.

(AP/Susan Haigh)

Cape Cod National Seashore has since issued warnings for everyone to swim in the nearby beaches, urging them to take precautions when entering the waters.

“People who recreate in Cape Cod waters should read and heed the advice posted on beaches. Do not swim near seals swimming close to the shore where the feet can touch the bottom; swim, paddle, and kayak in groups; not only to swim at sunrise or sunset; the prevention of isolation and limiting splashing, and do not wear shiny jewelry,” the press release reads.

Similar warnings have posted for the area of the beaches this summer after a spate of shark sightings.

(Travis Fedschun)


Despite the warnings, and even the signs that were placed on the beach, reading “No swimming, surfing, etc.” just a day earlier, surfers had actually been spotted riding waves at Newcomb Hollow Beach on Sunday.

“We can’t not come,” said the 69-year-old surfer Paul Fleming, who was present the day the Medici was attacked, on the Boston Herald.

“It’s just like if you compared the sharks to a terrorist, it is the same kind of idea. You can not and not the planned event, because of what may or may not happen,” he added.

Another surfer, who spoke with the Herald saw his actions as an appropriate way to remember and honor Doctors.

Sign on Newcomb Hollow Beach. A number of beach-goers and a couple of paddleboarders currently in the water.

— Brooks Sutherland (@bsutherlt) September 16, 2018

Saturday’s incident is still under investigation by the local police, officials with the National Park Service and the Cape to the District Attorney’s Office.


Medici’s death follows an Aug. 15 attack on 61-year-old William Lytton, of Scarsdale, NY, who was swimming off Long Nook Beach in Truro, on Cape Cod. The neurologist defended himself by strucking the shark in the gills, after the refrain from a nature documentary, who said that the predator is the most sensitive spot.

Lytton of the attack was the first in Massachusetts waters since 2012. He is currently in rehabilitation in a hospital, with another surgery planned for his release.

The Associated Press and Fox News’ Madeline Farber contributed to this report.

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