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Expert Says Great White Shark Killed Surfer Off Central Coast

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(credit: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department)

(credit: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department)

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 15 to 16-foot great white shark killed a surfer Tuesday near Surf Beach in Lompoc.

Ralph Collier from the Shark Research Committee made the determination Wednesday after examining the body of Francisco Javier Solorio Jr., who was bitten by the shark on the left side of his upper torso area.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s dispatch center received a 911 call stating a man had been bitten by a shark while surfing off the coast.

Solorio’s friend, who witnessed the attack, pulled him out of the ocean and onto the beach.

The man then started first aid procedures while another surfer called 911.

The Vandenberg Air Force Base Fire Department arrived and took over emergency procedures.

Solorio was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lucas McKaine Ransom, a 19-year-old former Perris High School and University of California, Santa Barbara student, was killed in 2010 near the same location in a suspected great white shark attack.

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