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Shark Kills Body Boarder

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Authorities say the victim of a deadly shark attack in Central California was a body boarder whose leg was bitten off. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown tells the Lompoc Record that the man was attacked Friday morning at Surf Beach. Brown says a friend on a surfboard got him to shore but the man bled to death.

The University of California, Santa Barbara, identifies the man as a student, 19-year-old Lucas Ransom from Romoland in Riverside County. Surf Beach is on the property of Vandenberg Air Force Base but is open to the public.

Vandenberg says the base closed the beach and two others through the weekend. The last such attack at Surf Beach was in 2008, when a shark bit a surfer's board.

A great white shark killed a woman in 2003 at Avila Beach, about 30 miles north of Vandenberg.

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