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Man killed in apparent shark attack off Santa Barbara County coast

October 23, 2012 | 12:49 pm

Approximate location of attack shown in red.

A man died after an apparent shark attack Tuesday morning in a remote area near Surf Beach at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Santa Barbara County sheriff's officials told The Times.

The circumstances of the attack were not immediately available, but authorities at the base said they received a distress call Tuesday morning about a possible shark attack.

After arriving on the scene, rescuers performed CPR on a man they said was between 25 and 33. He was unaffiliated with the Air Force base, they said.

The beach, which is located on the base, is also accessible to the public. Officials did not immediately say whether the victim was a surfer or swimmer, or how far offshore the victim was when attacked.

The attack comes two years after a 19-year-old Santa Barbara college student died after being attacked by a great white shark at the same beach.


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