WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — Friends say a 26-year-old man who was killed in a shark attack off a Cape Cod beach was an engineering student who loved the outdoors.

Arthur Medici, of Revere, Massachusetts, was bitten by a shark Saturday while boogie boarding off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet and later died at a hospital. He was the state’s first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years and the second attack victim this summer on Cape Cod.

Joe Booth of Mattapoisett talks about witnessing the shark incident off Newcomb Hollow Beach Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Wellfleet, Mass. A 26-year-old man from Revere died after being pulled from the water after being bitten by a shark. (Merrily Cassidy/The Cape Cod Times via AP)

Bunker Hill Community College in Boston said in a statement that Medici was a part-time engineering student at the school last spring. It did not provide any other information about him.

Cape Cod National Seashore Park Ranger Eric Trudeau walks up to a group of visitors on Newcomb Hollow Beach telling them that the beach is closed to swimming, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Wellfleet, Mass. (Merrily Cassidy/The Cape Cod Times via AP)

Friends told WCVB-TV that Medici moved to the U.S. from Brazil two years ago to attend college. Friends say he loved to hike and surf.

Police and rescue vehicles fill the parking lot at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, after a man was fatally attacked by a shark. (Steve Heaslip/The Cape Cod Times via AP)

The beach remained closed to swimming Sunday.

Source: The Associated Press

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