Swimmer suffers puncture wounds in shark assault on Cape Cod

A person swimming off Cape Cod was attacked by a shark on Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital. It was the primary shark assault on a human on the widespread summer time vacationer vacation spot since 2012.

The sufferer was a 61-year-old man, who suffered puncture wounds to his torso and legs, stated Gary Sharpless, assistant harbormaster in Truro. 

The assault occurred round 4pm at Lengthy Nook Seaside in Truro, on the Atlantic Ocean aspect of the peninsula, he instructed The Related Press.

The person was taken by a medical flight to a hospital for remedy. Truro fireplace chief Timothy Collins stated the sufferer was ‘acutely aware and speaking.’

A man is transferred from a Truro ambulance to a MedFlight helicopter after being attacked by a shark, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in South Wellfleet, Massachusetts

A man is transferred from a Truro ambulance to a MedFlight helicopter after being attacked by a shark, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in South Wellfleet, Massachusetts

A person is transferred from a Truro ambulance to a MedFlight helicopter after being attacked by a shark, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in South Wellfleet, Massachusetts

‘We’re hoping for the most effective,’ he instructed the Cape Cod Occasions.

Truro police described the shark assault as unconfirmed and didn’t launch the sufferer’s title or hometown. 

However Truro’s web site stated the seashore was closed till additional discover, and staff put up indicators that learn, ‘Hazard, No Swimming.’

Quite a few shark sightings have been reported within the space this summer time, together with a number of involving nice whites, the species immortalized within the ‘Jaws’ films. 

There was no affirmation that Wednesday’s assault concerned a fantastic white shark.

The newspaper stated witnesses observed the person swimming far off the seashore.

A MedFlight helicopter takes off from behind Cape Cod National Seashore headquarters with a man who was attacked by a shark, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in South Wellfleet

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A MedFlight helicopter takes off from behind Cape Cod National Seashore headquarters with a man who was attacked by a shark, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in South Wellfleet

A MedFlight helicopter takes off from behind Cape Cod Nationwide Seashore headquarters with a person who was attacked by a shark, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in South Wellfleet

The man was taken by a medical flight to a hospital for treatment. Truro fire chief Timothy Collins said the victim was 'conscious and talking'

The man was taken by a medical flight to a hospital for treatment. Truro fire chief Timothy Collins said the victim was 'conscious and talking'

The person was taken by a medical flight to a hospital for remedy. Truro fireplace chief Timothy Collins stated the sufferer was ‘acutely aware and speaking’

The realm is a feeding floor for seals, which draw sharks. Witnesses stated no less than 10 seals have been seen within the space earlier than the assault.

A corporation that research sharks, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, stated shark encounters during which individuals are injured are as ‘terrifying as they’re uncommon.’

‘Whereas we nonetheless do not know all the particulars of this specific chew, sharks usually are not identified to focus on folks particularly and once they do chew folks it is normally a case of mistaken id,’ the group stated in a press release.

 ‘Sharks ‘check the waters’ with their tooth, very similar to we use our palms. It is how they decide if what they encounter is prey or one thing to keep away from.’

Truro was the positioning of the final shark assault on Cape Cod, in July 2012, when a Colorado man on Ballston Seaside suffered a chew that required 47 stitches.

Massachusetts’ final shark assault fatality was in 1936.

A sign warns visitors to Long Nook Beach of recent shark sightings, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in Truro

A sign warns visitors to Long Nook Beach of recent shark sightings, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in Truro

An indication warns guests to Lengthy Nook Seaside of latest shark sightings, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in Truro

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