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'Traumatizing': Couple Recalls Trying to Help Save Shark Attack Victim

Arthur Medici, 26, of Revere, was killed on Sept. 15 in the first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts since 1936

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    Couple Tried to Save Victim of Deadly Shark Attack

    Officials in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, held a public meeting Thursday to discuss the state's first deadly shark attack in more than eight decades.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018)

    A man boogie boarding earlier this month off a Cape Cod beach died after being attacked by a shark, becoming the state's first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years.

    “Kind of traumatizing," Bob Benson said of witnessing the tragic incident. "We rushed down there and everyone was helping.”

    Benson and his girlfriend Gail Sluis were among those who tried to help save 26-year-old Arthur Medici's life.

    “A man came running up the beach yelling 'shark attack' and we just ran," Sluis recalled. 

    Revere Man Killed in Cape Cod Shark Attack

    [NECN] Revere Man Killed in Cape Cod Shark Attack

    A man boogie boarding off a Cape Cod beach was attacked by a shark on Saturday and died later at a hospital, becoming the state's first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years.

    (Published Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018)

    While Sluis called for help, Benson was among those carrying Medici to safety.

    “I jumped in and grabbed the top of his torso and looking down at it, it was just traumatizing,” Benson said.

    Medici's death prompted officials and marine life experts to field questions and concerns at a public forum held Thursday evening in Wellfleet.

    The meeting, held at a local elementary school, was packed full of people voicing their safety concerns and proposing possible solutions. 

    “If we could equip the lifeguards with VHF, UHF radios, you’d get response time to the fire department and police department,” one man said.

    Potential solutions included taller lifeguard chairs, drones and improving cell service.

    Reaction Pouring In After Fatal Shark Attack

    [NECN] Reaction Pouring In After Fatal Shark Attack

    From Cape Cod to Revere, people are expressing their sympathies to Arthur Medici's family; and experts are discussing sharks after the 26-year-old man was killed in a shark attack on Saturday.

    (Published Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018)

    “The seal population on the Cape is way out of control," one woman said. "They’re eating all of our fish. Now they're eating our children.”

    The rising seal population created a divide in the room on doing what's best for the animals or for people.

    “This is where these sharks and seals live and we are sort of going into their homes,” another woman contended.

    "The number one rule of government is public safety... Not shark safety, not shark conservation but if not to be at the expense of humans.”

    Despite the split in the room, most people NBC10 Boston spoke with said they left the meeting feeling optimistic after local officials, shark experts and even seal experts took the time to listen and hear their concerns.

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