Surfer died of ‘apparent shark attack’ on California beach on Christmas Eve, officials say
A surfer, who was attacked by a shark, died on Christmas Eve off the beach at Morro Bay State Park in California, authorities said.
The victim was identified as a man believed to be between 20 and 30 years old, KION TV reported.
Police warned bathers not to enter the water for 24 hours after the attack.
A surfer died after “suffering from an apparent shark attack” on a California beach on Christmas Eve, CNN reported.
The Port Department of Morro Bay says the outlet that local authorities found the victim, identified as a male, unresponsive off the beach at Morro Bay State Park.
The man, believed to be between 20 and 30, was first spotted by a female surfer who was able to pull him to shore before authorities arrived just after 10.30am, according to to KION-TV. He was pronounced dead on the beach, according to the report.
“The victim has not been identified and the San Luis Obispo County Coroner’s Office along with State Parks officials are currently at the scene investigating the incident,” the department said in a statement. declaration.
The department warned swimmers “to stay out of the water for the next 24 hours” after the attack, the statement said.
“It’s a horrific accident,” port manager Eric Endersby told CNN. “Fortunately the weather and wind have ruined the surf so there aren’t many surfers, but we have closed the waters for safety reasons.”
As ABC News reported Citing data, fatal shark attacks are rare and of 33 shark attacks reported last year, only three were fatal.
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