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Beachgoers attempt to rescue stranded great white shark

Beachgoers formed a bucket brigade to keep water on the shark (via Wellfleet Police Department) Beachgoers formed a bucket brigade to keep water on the shark (via Wellfleet Police Department)
WELLFLEET, MA (WVUE) -

Dozens of beachgoers formed a “bucket brigade” on Sunday morning in an effort to save a great white shark stranded on the Massachusetts coast.

The massive shark beached itself around 8 a.m. Sunday at Whitecrest Beach in Wellfleet, MA, according to the Wellfleet Police Department.

Beachgoers attempted to rescue the shark by pouring seawater on it. Police say they formed a “bucket brigade,” creating an assembly line from the surf to the shark – which was stranded nearly 30 feet from the water.

Dozens were on hand attempting to rescue the shark until members of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy arrived. The fish was then escorted into deeper water by officials.

Sadly, despite the massive effort by beachgoers, the shark did not survive.

Sunday's incident echoes a similar rescue in July at a Chatham, MA beach only 40 miles away. A 7-foot shark allegedly beached itself trying to catch seagulls on the sandbar. Incredible video shows beachgoers keeping the shark wet until rescuers arrived. The shark was tagged and released back in the water.

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