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Re: 10/23/2012 - Francisco Javier Solorio California ** Fata

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:22 pm
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Re: 10/23/2012 - Francisco Javier Solorio California ** Fata

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:47 am
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Surfer killed in great white shark attack suffered massive torso wound

A veteran surfer killed in a shark attack Tuesday suffered a massive wound to the torso, officials said.

Officials said a great white shark, estimated at 15 to 16 feet in length, attacked the man.

Francisco Javier Solorio Jr., 39, was an avid surfer who had frequented the spot since he was a boy. He is survived by his wife and their young daughter.

Ralph S. Collier, a shark expert from the Shark Research Committee of Chatsworth, made the determination about the shark Wednesday after examining Solorio's body and the board he was using when the shark attacked, according to a statement from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

Collier said he estimated the size of the shark based on the distance between teeth marks on the board.

The beaches at Vandenberg Air Force Base remain under a 72-hour closure.

"The intent is to allow time for any potential hazard to leave the area," said Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander at the base. "Officials from Vandenberg and Santa Barbara County are working together to reopen our beaches."

A locked gate greeted anyone daring — some would say foolish — enough to enter the waters off Surf Beach so soon after the death of a surfer at the windy, dune-fringed spot five miles from Lompoc.

"It's Surf Beach and, ironically, we're advising people not to surf it," said Sherwin Gunn, an employee at Surf Connection, a Lompoc shop that offers gear for skateboarders and surfers.

Gunn echoed other locals about the downsides of Surf Beach. The currents are tricky, they say, and the ride, even for experienced surfers, is choppy, measured in powerful bursts instead of long, swooping arcs.

"Nobody local looks at it like a nice day at the beach," Gunn said.

The day before Solorio's death, the family of Lucas Ransom, a 19-year-old chemical engineering student at UC Santa Barbara, gathered at Surf Beach in his memory. He was killed by a shark on Oct. 22, 2010. They also paid tribute to Ransom, who would have graduated from the university last June, by establishing a scholarship in his honor.

Re: 10/23/2012 - Francisco Javier Solorio California ** Fata

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:46 am
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Officials said a great white shark, estimated at 15 to 16 feet in length, attacked the man.
Officials said a great white shark, estimated at 15 to 16 feet in length, attacked the man.
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Re: 10/23/2012 - Francisco Javier Solorio California ** Fata

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:25 pm
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California surfer killed in shark attack

Posted: Oct 23, 2012 5:21 PM EDT Updated: Oct 23, 2012 9:41 PM EDT

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - A surfer was killed Tuesday by a shark off a beach at coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base following a summer of shark sightings along California's Central Coast, authorities said.

Francisco Javier Solorio Jr., 39, of Orcutt was killed in the attack off the coast of Surf Beach in Lompoc, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

He was bitten by the shark in his upper torso.

Solorio "had a friend who he was surfing with who saw the shark bite or hit the man," said sheriff's Sgt. Mark A. Williams. "His friend ended up swimming over and pulling him from the water where he received first aid."

The friend started first aid while another surfer called for help, but Solorio was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

The Air Force said he was not affiliated with the base, which allows public access to some of its beaches. All beaches on the base's coastline will be closed for at least 72 hours, as a precaution, Col. Nina Armagno said Tuesday evening.

The type of shark involved and other details were under investigation.

It was the latest shark attack fatality at Surf Beach, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

In October 2010, Lucas Ransom, a 19-year-old student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, died when a shark nearly severed his leg as he body-boarded.

Hundreds of miles south near the coast of San Diego, a 15-foot great white shark is believed to have killed triathlete David Martin in 2008.

There were no shark warning signs posted at Surf Beach on Tuesday, said Lt. Erik Raney, adding that beaches don't typically post such notices unless the location had a recent shark sighting.

"We've had shark sightings up and down the Santa Barbara coastline pretty frequently recently," said Raney, adding that the sightings are well-publicized.

Last month, warning signs were posted at Santa Barbara Harbor, about 65 miles southeast of Surf Beach, after a 14-foot great white shark was spotted by a surfer.

In July, a man escaped injury near Santa Cruz after being thrown from his kayak by a great white shark that bit through the vessel. An almost identical incident occurred off the coast of Cambria in May.

Death by shark attack is rare. An average of 65 shark attacks occur each year around the world that typically result in two or three deaths, according to the Pew Environment Group.

10/23/2012 - Francisco Javier Solorio California ** Fatal **

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:54 pm
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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.