WELLFLEET, Mass. (CBSLA) — A 26-year-old engineering student died Saturday after being bitten by a shark in the water off a Cape Cod beach, authorities said.
Arthur Medici of Revere was pulled from the water by beach-goers who teamed up to carry him down the beach.
Medici was rushed to the hospital but did not survive.
“We were half a dozen people trying to stop the bleeding with towels and the cord from the boogie board,” said one witness. “They were amazing. They did a great job.”
Police closed the beach to swimming.
“I was that guy on the beach screaming, ‘Shark, shark!” Joe Booth, a surfer, told the Associated Press. “It was like right out of that movie ‘Jaws.’ This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here.”
Medici was described by loved ones as a very happy, young man who loved life and was an active member of his church.
The deadly shark attack marked the first since 1936.