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Experts Believe Fatal Shark Attack In Santa Barbara County Was Caused By A Great White Shark

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 3:27pm


Shark experts say they think a fatal attack on a surfer in Santa Barbara County yesterday was the result of a Great White Shark.

Francisco Javier Solorio Junior was attacked when he was surfing at around 11 Tuesday morning, near Surf Beach, by Vandenberg Air Force Base. The 39 year old Orcutt man was surfing with a friend. The friend pulled Solorio from the water, and 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. Experts estimate the shark which attack Solorio was about 15 feet long.

The base closed all of the beaches under its jurisdiction until at least Friday. 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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