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Memorial, ocean paddle-out planned for shark attack victim

October 25, 2010 | 12:07 pm
Matthew Garcia, left, Lucas Ransom, Travis Ransom and Wyatt Kirschner. Garcia, 20, was with Lucas when he was killed by a shark at Surf Beach.

Lucas Ransom, a 19-year-old UC Santa Barbara student killed in a shark attack, will be eulogized Thursday at a funeral service followed by a paddle-out in the ocean, family members said Monday.

A 10 a.m. memorial will be held at Evans-Brown Mortuary, 27010 Encanto Drive in Sun City, just south of the family's home in Romoland in Riverside County.

At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, friends and family will gather on the south side of Oceanside Pier in Oceanside before paddling out on surfboards into the Pacific Ocean, where they will scatter flowers to honor Ransom, said his brother, Travis Ransom.

The public is welcome at both events, he said.

"At first, we were going to keep the paddle-out private,'' he said. "But we're all brothers out there in the ocean. We all share the same joy when we're out there."

"I know Lucas would be looking down smiling at all the people celebrating his life," he added. "He'd dig it."

Lucas Ransom was attacked Friday as he body-surfed waves at Surf Beach west of Lompoc. A friend surfing with him tried to save him but his left leg was torn off and he bled to death.

Experts say the shark, estimated at 14 to 20 feet in length, was most likely a great white. Surf Beach reopened Monday morning after no shark sightings were made over the weekend, authorities said.

Lucas Ransom's friends at UC Santa Barbara, where he was studying chemical engineering, are planning a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Del Playa Park near the campus. A scholarship in his name is also in the works, family members said.

-- Catherine Saillant

Photo: Matthew Garcia, left, Lucas Ransom, Travis Ransom and Wyatt Kirschner. Garcia, 20, was with Lucas when he was killed by a shark at Surf Beach. Family photo.

 

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