Shark Kills Bodyboarder in Santa Barbara County on Friday, October 22, 2010

Shark Kills Bodyboarder in Santa Barbara County on Friday, October 22, 2010

On Fri., Oct. 22, a 19-year old bodyboarder, Lucas Ransom, was attacked and killed by a shark—suspected to be a Great White Shark between 14 to 20 feet in length—at Surf Beach in Santa Barbara County. The beach is a part of Vandenberg Air Force Base with public access. Mr. Ransom was a junior at UCSB, studying chemical engineering. He suffered a major trauma to one leg and by the time his friend and another witness pulled him 100 yards back to shore, he had died from the injury.

Photo courtesy of SBSO

In 2008, a surfer was attacked by a Great White Shark at the same beach.

More details at The Santa Barbara Independent.

Photo of Mr. Ransom above courtesy of The Press-Enterprise.

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