A male surfer died after an apparent shark attack in Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo County on Friday, according to the State Parks Department.
At 10:48 a.m., personnel from the Morro Bay Harbor Patrol along with the Morro Bay Police and Fire departments responded to an incident off State Parks Beach, north of Atascadero Road.
They discovered that an unresponsive male victim of a suspected shark attack had been pulled from the water.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
The victim had not been identified as of early Friday afternoon, and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Office and California State Parks representatives responded to the scene to investigate the incident.
Beaches in the Morro Bay and State Parks areas will remain open, but authorities have ordered people to stay out of the water for the next 24 hours.
It’s been a decade since the Central Coast’s last fatal shark attacks.
In October 2010, 19-year-old UCSB student Lucas McKaine Ransom died after a shark attack while he and friend were boogie boarding at Surf Beach west of Lompoc. Ransom, who majored in chemistry, was from Romoland in Riverside County.
Two years and a day later, Francisco “Paquito” Solorio Jr., 39 , Orcutt died, also after a shark attack while surfing at Surf Beach. He was a husband and father who had grown up in the Santa Maria Valley.
Before their deaths, a Nipomo woman swimming at Avila Beach died due to a shark attack. Allan Hancock College instructor Deborah B. Franzman, 50, was killed in August 2003.
A number of others, including surfers and kayakers, have reported encounters with sharks in the waters off Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, but survived the incidents.
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