FATAL – 23 October 2012 — Surf Beach, Lompoc, California, USA – surfer attacked

Francisco Javier Solario’s board – with the shark bite mark.

Vandenberg Air Force Base security forces block the entrance to Surf Beach at Vandenberg Air Force Base following a fatal shark attack on a surfer at the beach on 23 October 2012.

Francisco Javier Solorio Jr., 39, was killed by a shark while surfing at Surf Beach, Lompoc, Santa Barbara County, California, about 240km north of Los Angeles.

He was bitten on his upper torso.

According to press reports a fellow surfer pulled him to shore and tried to resuscitate him, but when paramedics arrived on the scene they pronounced him dead.

The beach is located near Vandenberg Air Force Base, the site of a fatal shark attack in 2010.

The type of shark involved and other details were not immediately available.
UPDATE:

The shark is believed to be a 15-16 foot great white.

Sources:

CBC News
BBC News

ABC News
Huff Post

PIC source:

CBC News
SFGate

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One Comment on “FATAL – 23 October 2012 — Surf Beach, Lompoc, California, USA – surfer attacked”


  1. ONE MUST BE VERY CAUTIOUS..WHEN SHARKS ARE PRESENT ,YOU CAN NOT JUST HOPE THEY ARE NOT HUNGRY..FROM MY READINGS ,IT SEEMS MANY WATER PEOPLE DO NOT TAKE SIGHTINGS .SERIOUS. A SMALL SHARK MAY HAVE A MOTHER OR BIG FRIEND NEAR BY..
    I NOT INFERRING THAT JAVIER FELT THIS WAY.


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