Surfer killed in shark attack on California beach, officials say

By Alexandra Meeks, CNN

A surfer was killed in a shark attack in Morro Bay, Calif., on Christmas Eve, the Morro Bay Port Department confirmed to CNN.

“Harbour, Police and Fire Departments responded to a report of an unconscious male victim on the beach after being pulled from the water suffering an apparent shark attack,” the department said. port in a press release.

Officials located the surfer at 10:48 a.m. PT off the beach at Morro Bay State Park, according to harbor manager Eric Endersby. Morro Bay is 15 miles west of San Luis Obispo.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The San Luis Obispo County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim and is working to notify next of kin before releasing the victim’s name, Endersby said.

While beaches in the Morro Bay area and state parks currently remain open, authorities have ordered swimmers to stay out of the water for the next 24 hours.

“It’s a horrible accident,” Endersby said. “Fortunately the weather and wind have ruined the surf so there aren’t many surfers, but we have closed the waters for safety reasons.”

State park officials are currently at the scene investigating the crash.

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