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Body boarder fatally attacked by shark in Santa Barbara County; area beaches closed [Updated]

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A 19-year-old man was fatally attacked by a shark while body-boarding north of Santa Barbara on Friday morning.

[Updated at 3:04 p.m.: The victim has been identified as Lucas McKaine Ransom of Romoland in Riverside County.]

The attack occurred between 9 and 9:30 a.m. at Surf Beach, west of Lompoc at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Officials ordered the closure of Surf, Wall and Minuteman beaches for at least 72 hours due to the attack.

A base spokesman told L.A. Times staff writer Andrew Blankstein that Santa Barbara County coroner's investigators were at the beach and that the investigation is being handled in conjunction with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.

The Santa Maria Times reports that the victim, a UC Santa Barbara student, was in the water with a friend about 100 yards offshore when a shark bit part of his left leg off, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown.

The friend brought the victim to shore, but his injuries were severe and he bled to death, Brown said.

Federal and State Fish and Game officials are working to identify the type of shark, which was described as being 14 to 20 feet in length.

-- Kelly Burgess

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Photo: Airmen 1st class Daniel Clark, left, and Staff Sgt. Keri Embry post a sign warning surfers of a shark attack Friday at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Associated Press

 
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Comments (5)

i wonder if penguins or seals make this big of a deal when one of thier own gets eaten by a shark. If your in the water your now on the menu.thats its thats all, good night

Quint, are you that stupid or just that ignorant. You kill off the apex predators and the ocean goes away and the you go away. Open your eye's I know humans think they are the best, but dont be that stupid.

Sharks kill people! That's all you need to know. You want to swim in the ocean. you better kill them first. Stop the ban on great white fishing.

Sharks kill people. Don't listen to idiotic scientists and environmentalist who sit in airconditioned buildings miles from the shore.

This is just such horrible news.. Although these attacks are very rare, theres always a chance it'll happen..


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