Surf Beach Shark Attack Victim ID’d

Surf Beach Shark Attack

Surf Beach on Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, California. Photo: AP

Surf Beach Shark Attack Victim Identified
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Orcutt, California surfer Francisco Javier Solorio Jr. who was killed by a shark yesterday while surfing off Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc. An experienced and ripping surfer, the 39-year old Solorio was bitten in the upper torso by what we assume was a great white shark which have been spotted in the area. Solorio’s friend, Nathan Winkles, told local media that he was a great surfer and had been surfing near the base since he was a kid.

The attack follows a 2010 incident in the same area in which 19-year old bodyboarder Lucas Ransom was killed by a shark. See below for a write up from the Associated Press…

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A shark attack at an Air Force base beach killed an experienced 39-year-old surfer, following months of frequent shark sightings along the central California coast.

Francisco Javier Solorio Jr., of Orcutt, was bitten in his upper torso while he was surfing with a friend who witnessed the attack. They were in the ocean off the coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base, on Surf Beach in Lompoc, the Santa Barbara County sheriff’s department said in a statement.

“His friend ended up swimming over and pulling him from the water where he received first aid,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Mark A. Williams. Solorio was pronounced dead at the scene. Surf Beach, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, was also the site of an October 2010 fatal attack. Lucas Ransom, a 19-year-old student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, died when a shark nearly severed his leg as he body-boarded.

The type of shark involved and other details of the latest death were under investigation.

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