Cape Cod shark attack: 'Sweet and humble' 26-year-old dies in first fatal attack in 80 years
26-year-old Arthur Medici was boogie boarding with his girlfriend's brother on September 15 when he fell off the board and was attacked by a shark
The man from Massachusetts who was killed in a vicious shark attack at Cape Cod has officially been identified and has been described by his friends as being "sweet" and "humble". The authorities have said that 26-year-old Arthur Medici had been attacked when he went boogie boarding with his girlfriend's brother on September 15 afternoon at the Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
The Cape Cod National Park Service reported that at 12:30 pm the man from Revere was knocked off the board and then attacked by the shark. The police identified him on September 15 evening.
According to WCVB, Medici was born in Brazil and came to the US two years ago so that he could attend college. He has been described by his friends as being a sweet and humble person. The incident that took place on the beach is the first shark attack in the state that led to a fatality in more than 80 years.
I am sad to report this morning that the victim is 26-year-old Arthur Medici from Revere. Witnesses say they did everything they could to save him. This is the first fatal shark attack since 1936 in the area. @wbz pic.twitter.com/oNQrXcHu5g— Lisa Gresci (@Lisa_Gresci) September 16, 2018
Right after he was attcked, Medici was brought to the shore by his friend and CPR was performed on him. Beachgoers tried to make a tourniquet of some sort to stop the bleeding, CBS reported. He was quickly taken to the Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis where the spokesperson for the State Police, David Procopio, said in a statement that he died. The details of the horrifying attack have still not been revealed. The beach was closed after the attack.
Joe Booth, a local fisherman and surfer, said that he had been on the shore and saw the shark attacking the student. He also said that Medici started kicking back aggressively at something behind him. Booth said that it was at this point that he saw the tail in the water. He told WBUR: "I was that guy on the beach screaming 'Shark, shark!' It was like right out of that movie 'Jaws'. This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here."
Another surfer told the Boston Globe that he saw Medici unconscious and bleeding heavily from the wound on his right leg. He said: "I saw that he was bleeding and reached around the back of his leg, and there was nothing there. And there were bone-deep lacerations down by his calf." This was the first fatal shark attack to happen in the state since 1936 and it's the second to take place in Cape Cod so far.
The beach where Medici went boogie boarding has a sign that says "Be Shark Smart" and it warns swimmers to not swim close to the seals and to stay close to the shore. The sign says: "The inshore waters off Wellfleet are a feeding ground for Great White Sharks. They come to this area to feed on seals. Great White Sharks are predators and should be considered dangerous. Encounters with sharks are rare, but please remain alert."