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Man killed in Surf Beach shark attack was surfing, officials say

Approximate location of attack shown in red.

Authorities confirmed Tuesday that the man killed by a shark at Surf Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base was surfing with friends at the time.

A group of four surfers was in the water when one saw another being attacked by a shark, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department officials said.

As one surfer swam to rescue the victim and pulled him ashore, another called 911, said Sgt. Mark Williams. The call came in at 10:58 a.m., he said.

Vandenberg fire rescue personnel were the first responders, initially attempting CPR but later pronouncing the man dead on the beach, Williams said.

Vandenberg officials said the man was 38 years old but declined to provide further details until his family is notified.

It remains unclear what kind of shark was responsible for the attack. Officials at Vandenberg advised people to stay away from the beach.

The attack comes almost two years to the day that 19-year-old Lucas Ransom was attacked and killed by a great white shark on the same beach on Oct. 22, 2010. 


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Map: Approximate location of the attack is shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

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