A 38-year-old surfer was killed today during a shark attack at Surf Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
According to NBC, a group of four surfers were in the water at the time of the shark attack. Only one surfer was attacked. Two of the other surfers head to the beach to call 911 while another rushed to the rescue. The attack victim was pulled to shore but couldn’t be revived on the beach.
The Independent reports that first responders initially tried to resuscitate the man with CPR but eventually pronounced him dead on the beach.
The 38-year-old man has not been identified. Officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base said that he was not affiliated with the base.
Officials do not know what type of shark was involved in the attacked but have advised people to stay away from the beach.
According to the BBC, the shark attack at Surf Beach comes nearly two years after a 19-year-old surfer was attacked and killed by a great white shark. Lucas Ransom was killed at Surf Beach on October 22, 2010.
KSRO reports that there are approximately 65 shark attacks every year around the world but only a few result in fatalities. In 2011, there were 75 shark attacks around the globe and 12 of those were fatal. Twenty nine of those attacks occurred in the United States but none of those attacks resulted in deaths.