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Man killed in MA shark attack, first since 1936

Man killed in MA shark attack, first since 1936

A 26-year old man was tragically killed by what experts believe is the first fatal shark attack in MA in more than 80 years.

"I saw two guys in the water boogie boarding and one got engulfed".

"It had to be a 10- to 12-foot shark".

He was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, where he died, State Police spokesman David Procopio said in a statement.

Newcomb Hollow Beach has been closed to swimmers.

"Upon arrival first responders were working on an adult male", said Acting Deputy Chief Chris Hartsgrove.

If confirmed as a shark attack, it would be the first death caused by a shark in MA since 1936, according to, an online database. The agency says the attack happened 300 yards south of the beach. "Everyone really jumped into action to try and save him".

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The name of the victim has not been released, but officials said he is a man in his 20s.

The attack is being investigated by State Police and the Cape and Islands District Attorney's office.

Emergency personnel respond to Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Mass, on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

"I saw my worst nightmare unfold here", he told Cape Cod Times. Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty said he had warned something like this could happen and urged measures to reduce the number of white sharks.

The neurologist struck the shark in the gills after remembering a nature documentary that said that was the predator's most sensitive spot.

This is the second shark attack this summer off Cape Cod.

A 61-year-old man was severely injured on August 15 after fighting off a shark about 4 miles away from Saturday's attack.