A well-liked stretch of seashores in Massachusetts will stay closed to swimming Monday due to a lethal shark assault over the weekend. Arthur Medici, 26, died Saturday after being bitten by a shark.
The assault occurred on a stretch of the Cape Cod Nationwide Seashore. It was the primary lethal shark assault in Massachusetts in additional than 80 years, stories CBS Information’ Nikki Batiste.
At about midday on Saturday, Medici was driving the waves on a boogie board with a buddy about 30 yards into the water off Newcomb Hole Seaside in Wellfleet. That is when one witness says he noticed what seemed like a 10- to 12-foot shark assault Medici.
Greater than a dozen beachgoers scrambled to assist carry Medici to security after he was bitten on each legs.
“I sprinted again up the seashore,” mentioned Joe Sales space, who witnessed the assault. “Screaming like a lunatic: ‘Name 911! There’s been a shark assault!'”
Medici was rushed to a close-by hospital the place he was later pronounced lifeless. Isaac Rocha was within the water close to Medici when the assault occurred. He says he and the sufferer have been like brothers.
“He was screaming after which I noticed, like, a shark tail,” Rocha mentioned. “And I swam to him as quick as I may in that second. I dragged him again to the shore and I received a boogie board strap and I type of tied it round his thigh to attempt to cease the bleeding.”
Saturday’s shark assault is a minimum of the second on Cape Cod this summer time. In August, 61-year-old Invoice Lytton survived after being bitten by a shark.
“After two assaults, I feel we might be involved that it is a harmful scenario,” Lytton mentioned.
The presence of sharks in these waters will not be uncommon, consultants say.
“We see these sharks every single day alongside this shoreline,” mentioned Greg Skomal, a marine biologist and Massachusetts Leisure Fisheries program supervisor. “They’re there in massive numbers. And other people need to be vigilant and concentrate on it.”
Skomal believes the shark seemingly mistook Medici for a seal, which are sometimes near shore alongside Cape Cod’s seashores.
“And as end result, these sharks are coming as shut as they probably can with out risking their very own lives to attempt to kill and eat these seals,” Skomal mentioned. “And that creates a little bit of an issue as a result of that is precisely the place individuals are using the shoreline. And so, you understand, that is one thing we’re – it is one thing we’re making an attempt to advise swimmers about in order that this doesn’t occur once more.”
The Nationwide Park Service is warning folks on Cape Cod to not swim close to seals. The shark that bit Medici is believed to have been a white shark.
Whereas shark assaults are uncommon, one examine says that final yr there have been 53 unprovoked shark assaults within the U.S. – greater than some other nation on the planet.