State, federal officials to increase protection at Cape Cod beaches after fatal shark attack


Cape Cod tourists have been assured further protection will be in place next summer to prevent loss of life from a Shark attack.

A swimmer recently suffered a fatal shark bite in the water off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet raising concerns how this tragedy may effect future tourism.

22News caught up with Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash during Massachusetts day at the Big E in West Springfield.

He spoke of response to the fatal Shark attack.

“We are constantly updating safeguards,” said Ash. “We can’t stop mother Nature from what it does as well. To say that it’ll never happen again I can’t assure you. State officials with federal officials are working to implement best practices to protect the public as best we can.”

The death of the swimmer off Cahoon Hollow Beach this summer marked the first such fatal shark bite in the popular tourist area since 1936.

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