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Man Bitten By Shark Off Of Santa Barbara County Beach

A popular Santa Barbara County beach is open to the public this holiday weekend, but some people might have second thoughts about going into the water after a man was bitten by a shark.

The attack happened Thursday morning, off of Refugio State Beach. A diver swam to shore after being bitten by a shark. The wound wasn’t life threatening, and the man was able to drive himself to a hospital for treatment.

State Parks officials think the shark was a big one, perhaps more than six feet long. They recommended that people stay out of the water at the beach until this afternoon.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.