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Authorities Now Identifying Surfer Killed In Santa Barbara County Shark Attack

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 4:54pm

Surf Beach, Near Vandenberg Air Force Base, Closed To Public After Fatal Shark Attack (Photo By John Palminteri)

A Santa Barbara County man was killed in a shark attack while surfing off the Santa Barbara County coastline, in the same general area where another man was killed by a Great White Shark two years ago.

Francisco Javier Solorio Junior was surfing at around 11 Tuesday morning, near Surf Beach, by Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department says the 39 year old Orcutt man was surfing with a friend when he was attacked. The friend pulled Solorio from the water. He started CPR on the victim, while another surfer called 911.

Vandenberg Air Force base paramedics arrived, and took over CPR efforts, but Solorio was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been bitten by the shark in the upper torso area. Officials say he was a civilian, and not affiliated with the base.

The type of shark believed to be involved in the attack is still under investigation. The damaged surfboard was recovered, and had bite marks on it.

Vandenberg Air Force Base officials say as a precaution, they have closed all of the beaches under their jurisdiction for 72 hours.

It’s the same area where a UCSB student died in a fatal shark attack almost two years to the day. It was October 22nd, 2010 when Lucas Ransom was fatally attacked by a Great White Shark while boogie boarding.

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