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Cape Cod Swimmers Heed Warnings One Year After Fatal Shark Attack

A shark public awareness sign posted at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet (Quincy Walters/WBUR)
A shark public awareness sign posted at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet (Quincy Walters/WBUR)

Officials on Cape Cod are reflecting on the one-year anniversary of Massachusetts' first fatal shark attack in more than 80 years.

Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent Brian Carlstrom tells The Cape Cod Times that the famous tourist region has improved its emergency response following the death of 26-year-old Revere resident Arthur Medici last Sept. 15 while bodyboarding off a beach in Wellfleet.

Local beach officials say they've had few water rescues this year, a sign that swimmers are heeding their warnings about staying in waist deep water only.

And William Lytton, New York man who survived a shark attack off Truro last August, says he returned to Cape Cod this summer and swam. Lytton says he just avoided swimming off the Atlantic Ocean beaches where great whites are frequently spotted.

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