After a 26-year-old Revere man's death Saturday at Newcomb Hollow Beach from what is believed to be a shark bite, public officials expressed sadness and caution as warm days continue on beaches that now have no lifeguards.
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The US National Park Service said it closed beaches for at least an hour about 25 times this year, which is double the annual average.
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A witness of the attack told the Providence Journal he saw "a giant eruption of water - 15 feet-wide".
On Saturday a Cape Cod politician told the Associated Press officials who did not take more aggressive action against sharks bore some responsibility for the fatal attack.
Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, MA. appears in this undated stock photo.
'The inshore waters off Wellfleet are a feeding ground for Great White Sharks.
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Joe Booth, a local fisherman and surfer, said: "I was that guy on the beach screaming, 'Shark, shark!'"
A 61-year-old man was severely injured on August 15 after fighting off a shark about 4 miles away from Saturday's attack.
"I saw a worst nightmare unfold here", Booth said. He's now recovering in a Boston hospital.
However, shark sightings around the Cape have reportedly been more frequent this year, leading to several beach closings.
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Harbourmaster Nathan Sears said: "We are witnessing sharks feeding aggressively in shockingly shallow water on an nearly daily basis over this past August. This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here", he admitted to WBUR. Lytton was airlifted to Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where he was treated for deep puncture wounds to his torso and leg.