VANDENBERG BEACH, Calif. --- Lucas Ransom, a University of California Santa Barbara student who was bodysurfing 150 yards off the coast of Central California, was killed Friday morning when a shark attacked him and bit off most of his left leg.
A friend tried to help the 19-year-old Ransom by bringing him to shore, but officials said the bleeding was too intense.
Jason Grossini was on the beach and witnessed the event: "He saw his friend go under for a brief moment and knew something was wrong,'' Grossini said of Ransom's surfer friend. Ransom was pronounced dead at the scene by personnel from Vandenberg AFB fire department.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told the Lompoc Record that Ransom was attacked at Surf Beach, which is on the property of Vandenberg Air Force Base but open to the public. The beach was immediately closed after the incident along with two others.
According to the Associated Press, the last such attack at Surf Beach was in 2008, when a shark bit a surfer's board, and a great white shark killed a woman in 2003 at Avila Beach, a little more than 50 miles north of Vandenberg.
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