NYPost A 26-year-old man who was killed in a shark attack off a Cape Cod beach had been a part-time engineering student who was engaged to be married and loved surfing and other outdoor activities, according to friends and school officials. Arthur Medici, of Revere, Massachusetts, was bitten by a shark Saturday while boogie boarding off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet and later died at a hospital. He was the state’s first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years and the second attack victim this summer on Cape Cod. The beach remained closed to swimming Sunday. Flowers were placed at the base of a sign that said “No swimming surfing etc. until further notice,” but some people were paddleboarding in the water, the Boston Herald reported. A shark was spotted several miles south of Wellfleet on Sunday, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. Medici was a part-time engineering student at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston last spring, the school said in a statement Sunday. It did not provide any other information about his studies including why he wasn’t enrolled in the current semester. The school offered condolences to Medici’s family and friends. He moved to the U.S. from Brazil two years ago to attend college, friends told WCVB-TV. A GoFundMe page set up by family and friends to cover funeral costs had raised more than $16,000 as of Sunday afternoon. “Arthur was a very happy young man,” said a posting on the page. “He loved life, he was an active member of a Christian church, devoting his life to the Lord. … He loved hiking, biking, surfing and various other sports. … He was always joyful and willing to help others, even going as far as feeding the homeless. “He was happily engaged to a smart, kind-hearted medical student with a bright future,” it continued. “Our lives are never going to be the same without him. His laughter filled our home and he will be greatly missed by us all.” There also was an outpouring of condolences on his Facebook page. Medici had worked at The Capital Grille restaurant in Burlington, just outside of Boston, and left the job more than a year ago, restaurant spokesman Rich Jeffers said. “Just like everybody else, we’re shocked and saddened,” he said. “It’s just terrible.” Medici was attacked around noon as he and a friend were boogie boarding. The friend dragged him ashore, and people on the beach attempted life-saving measures including CPR and applying tourniquets. He was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, where he was pronounced dead.
Sad news out of Massachusetts, a 26-year-old man named Arthur Medici was killed in Cape Cod, when he was attacked by a large shark while boogie boarding. The shark bit Medici across the legs about 30 feet from shore at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, his femoral artery was severed during the attack, and he quickly bled to death as a result of the attack. Mexico’s best friend, dragged him to shore after the attack and tied a boogie board leash around his legs to stop the bleeding, but it was unfortunately too late. The shark which attacked Medici is believed to be a great white shark, one was spotted in the area after the attack, and experts believe that shark is likely the culprit. This incident is the first fatal great white shark attack off the Massachusetts coast in roughly eighty years, which might be due to seals nearly being hunted into extinction in Cape Cod, however over the last few decades populations of the now endangered seals have rebounded, and their main predators the great white sharks are back off the Massachusetts coast in a major way. Earlier this summer, a great white shark killed a seal just feet from surfers off Nauset Beach in Cape Cod, and we foreshadowed that it was only a matter of time until a mistaken identity attack took place.
P.S. if you never want to go swimming again, check out this video of a great white shark trying to steal a striped bass from a fisherman off the coast of nearby Nantucket:
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