Days after shark attack, town on Cape Cod closes beach to swimmers ‘due to continued shark activity’

Days after a 61-year-old man suffered a shark bite in Massachusetts, the beach on Cape Cod where the attack occurred was “closed” off to swimmers for the foreseeable future “due to continued shark activity,” the town announced Friday.

The town website for Truro, Mass., posted the statement around 8:45 p.m. letting visitors know ahead of the weekend.

SHARK ATTACK OFF CAPE COD LEAVES SWIMMER WITH WOUNDS TO TORSO, LEGS

“Longnook Beach is closed to swimming until further notice due to continued shark activity,” the statement said. “Beach Gate Attendants will be informing patrons of the recent shark activity in the area and distributing Cape Cod Great White Shark Safety brochures.”

William Lytton, 61, of Scarsdale, N.Y., was airlifted to a Boston hospital after suffering a shark bite Wednesday that resulted in deep puncture wounds to his torso and legs.

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, Mass. A man swimming off Cape Cod was attacked by a shark on Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital. It was the first shark attack on a human on the popular summer tourist destination since 2012. (Merrily Cassidy

William Lytton, 61, of Scarsdale N.Y., was airlifted to a Boston hospital after suffering a shark bite off Cape Cod on Wednesday that resulted in deep puncture wounds to his torso and legs.

 (AP)

A great white shark was reportedly suspected in the attack. The beach was closed following the attack and was expected to remain closed until the weekend, officials previously said.

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Lytton was in fair condition Saturday, a spokeswoman for Tufts Medical Center, where he is receiving medical care, told the Associated Press.

Wednesday’s shark attack was Massachusetts’ first since 2012. The state’s last fatal shark attack was in 1936.

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce, Stephen Sorace and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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