Man reportedly dead in shark attack near Surf Beach
A 38-year-old man is reportedly dead after what authorities are calling a likely shark attack at Vandenberg Air Force Base this morning.
Emergency crews responded to Surf Beach on the base this morning for a report of an unresponsive man.
Details are sketchy, but crews reportedly stopped administering CPR to the victim at the scene and the Santa Barbara County coroner’s vehicle arrived at the site after noon.
The victim reportedly is 38 years old, authorities said.
The attack originally was reported as occurring at Surf Beach, but apparently occurred north of there at adjacent Ocean Beach.
Master Sgt. John Peters, a Vandenberg spokesman, said earlier that the man is not believed to be affiliated with the base.
Although the beach is located on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Ocean is accessible to the public along with the adjacent Surf Beach.
Two years ago, a Santa Barbara college student died after being attacked in waters off Vandenberg’s Surf Beach by what’s believed to have been a great white shark.
Lucas M. Ransom, of Romoland, a city near Perris Valley in Riverside County, was in the water with a friend between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Oct. 22, 2010, when the attack occurred. The 19-year-old UCSB student was boogie boarding on the break line about 100 yards off Surf Beach.