Revere man killed in shark attack at Wellfleet beach

Two people looked out to the sea after a shark attack at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet on Saturday. –Susan Haigh/Associated Press

WELLFLEET — A 26-year-old man from Revere died from a shark attack Saturday in the waters off Wellfleet, the first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts in more than 80 years and only the fourth recorded in state history.

The death came after increasing numbers of shark sightings and warnings about the danger of the predators off Cape Cod waters this summer, and followed an attack on Aug. 15 that severely injured a 61-year-old New York man.

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Police and paramedics responded to Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet on Saturday after the attack. —Eric Williams/The Cape Cod Times via Associated Press
Signs at the top of the dune at Newcomb Hollow Beach alerted visitors that the beach was closed to swimming Saturday. —MERRILY CASSIDY/THE CAPE COD TIMES VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS