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.

“The port, police and firefighters have responded to a report of a male victim unconscious on the beach after being pulled from the water suffering from an apparent shark attack,” the port department said in a statement. .

Authorities located the surfer at 10:48 a.m. PT off the beach in Morro Bay State Park, according to port manager Eric Endersby. Morro Bay is located 24 kilometers west of San Luis Obispo.

The victim was declared dead on the spot.

The San Luis Obispo County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim and is working to notify the 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 beachgoers to stay out of the water for the next 24 hours.

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

State park officials are currently on scene to investigate the crash.

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