Man Dies From Shark Attack
updated: Oct 23, 2012, 4:27 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department
UPDATE: The decedent in this shark attack has been identified as 39 year old Francisco Javier Solorio Jr. (date of birth: 6-15-1973). The
decedent is from Orcutt, California. The initial investigation determined that the decedent was bitten by the shark in the upper torso area. Three other male
individuals were at Surf Beach at the time of the attack.
At 10:58am on October 23, 2012, a 911 call came into the Sheriff's dispatch center stating a man had
been bit by a shark while surfing near Surf Beach in Lompoc. A friend, who was also surfing and witnessed
the shark attack, swam over to assist the victim pulling him out of the ocean and onto the beach. The
victim's friend started first aid procedures while another surfer called 911. The Vandenberg Air Force Base
Fire Department arrived and took over emergency procedures. The male victim was pronounced dead at
the scene by paramedics.
The type of shark involved and other details are under investigation at this point. The name and age of the
decedent is being withheld until the next of kin can be notified.
Breaking news has also been provided by the Office of Emergency Management: A man was seriously injured today while in the ocean at Surf
Beach. A 911 call was placed at 11 a.m. by a friend of the injured individual during the incident which occurred approximately 500 yards North of Surf
Station. The individual is a 38 year-old male and is not base affiliated. Emergency responders have stopped cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Officials at
Vandenberg Air Force Base are requesting the public to avoid the area due to safety considerations. Vandenberg emergency response personnel were first
on-scene, but Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office now has control of the scene. More details will be provided as they become available.
|| A subscriber is curious if anyone has heard about a recent shark attack at Surf Beach at Vandenberg?
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