1 min readBy Published On: August 9th, 2022Categories: News5 Comments on Castle Island Seagull Attack has a Happy Ending.

A handshake and a big thank you!

We’ve seen them out Castle Island, loitering near Sullivan’s, looking for the right moment to strike. Seagulls aka brazen street toughs with wings.

Earlier this week, one West Roxbury resident had a run in with a massive 10-pound seagull who literally dive bombed the retired plumber for his hot dog.  Bill Downey, 86, was lucky that Park Ranger John Dicicco was close by.

See email below:

A handshake and big thank you from Bill Downey, an 86 year-old retired plumber. While Bill exited the restaurant (Sully’s) at Castle Island, the last thing to expect is a 10 lb seagull to dive down from the roof and attack Bill from behind. Hot dogs, and fries all over the ground. Bill was stunned but not out. Thanks to our newly appointed park ranger, John Dicicco, what could have been a bad fall ended as a great day. 

I wish Trooper John a long and happy life at Castle Island.


Bill Downey. 

Our own Heather Foley has covered seagull attacks in the past. You can read her report right here! 




  1. Rebecca Landry August 9, 2022 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    Great story

  2. Liz August 9, 2022 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Hopefully he was able to get a new hot dog 🌭 & fries -, I seen one a few weeks ago almost peck a baby that a girl was holding while eating she started screaming & a guy ran over to help

  3. Mary Ann Fennessy August 12, 2022 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Hopefully, Sully’s gave him a free meal!!

  4. George August 12, 2022 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    My sister was attacked and seagull got her hot dog after knocking her Sullys takeout box to ground. He was so brasin went for her fries but was no match for my sister.

  5. mplo July 25, 2023 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Oh, my god! The seagulls are just as bad, if not worse than the wild turkeys who’ve attacked people. Glad that the retired plumber is okay and that the seagull didn’t injure him. Seagulls are nasty, dirty, and tough. I still remember seeing them at Cranes Beach up in Ipswich, and they’re just about as ferocious.

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