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Cape Cod beach closed to swimming until further notice after man attacked by shark

Long Nook Beach in Truro.David L Ryan/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

TRURO — The Cape Cod beach where a New York man was bitten by a shark earlier this week will be closed until further notice, officials said Friday night.

In a Facebook post, the Truro Police Department said Longnook Beach will be closed to swimmers “due to continued shark activity.”

The town also posted the notice on its website Friday evening. The beach has been closed since Wednesday, when the man was bitten by a shark.

The postings encouraged beachgoers to “practice shark safety” by not swimming near seals, swimming close to shore, and staying in a group.

Beach attendants will be telling people about the recent shark activity as well as distributing shark safety brochures, according to the posting.


The victim, William Lytton, 61, of Scarsdale, N.Y., remained in serious condition Friday at Tufts Medical Center in Boston after sustaining puncture wounds to his hip area. Lytton was standing about 30 yards offshore when he was bitten, but was able to make it to shore.

Witnesses said beachgoers ran to Lytton’s aid, bundling him in a towel and carrying him up the sand dunes to emergency responders. Lytton’s gash was deep, almost to the bone, one witness said.

Lytton is a professor of physiology and pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. He graduated from Harvard University in 1978.

“Our thoughts and well wishes are with him and his family as he recuperates,” said Dawn Walker, a spokeswoman for SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Lytton’s family requested privacy.

Sophia Eppolito can be reached at sophia.eppolito@globe.com. Alejandro Serrano can be reached at alejandro.serrano@globe.com.