Shark Kills Body Boarder In Central California

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Authorities have closed three beaches around Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after a body boarder had his leg bitten off by a shark and bled to death.

The 20-year-old California man was attacked by the shark in the morning hours Friday at Surf Beach, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown tells the Lompoc Record. The man was brought to shore by a friend with a surfboard.

The name of the man was not released, but Brown says he's from Orange County and attended the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Surf Beach is on Air Force property but open to the public. The base closed three beaches as a result of the incident and officials say they will remain closed at least until Monday.

Shark attacks are rare in the region, but in 2008 a surfer reported his board bitten by a shark at the same beach, which is about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles. in 2003, a woman was killed by a great white shark at Avila Beach, about 30 miles north of Vandenberg.

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