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Surfer Fatally Attacked By Shark Off California Coast; Bled To Death After Leg Bitten Off

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SANTA BARBARA, California -- A shark attack on a surfer off the Santa Barbara coast has resulted in the death of 19-year-old Lucas McKaine Ransom of Romoland, California. Ransom was pronounced dead at the scene, having bled to death from a massive wound to his leg.

As a precaution, police have ordered all beaches in the area closed for the next 72 hours.

The following is the text from a Santa Barbara County Sheriff Office press release:

At approximately 8:50am on Friday, October 22, 2010 the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Coroner's Bureau was dispatched to Surf Beach on Vandenberg Air Force Base for the report of a deceased victim of a shark attack.

When the Coroner's detective arrived, the 19-year old male victim had already been pulled from the water by his friend and other witnesses. VAFB Fire personnel who responded prior to arrival of the Coroner's detective had pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Based on the initial investigation, Lucas McKaine Ransom (DOB 12/05/90) of Romoland, Ca was boogie boarding on the break line about 100 yards off the beach with his friend when a shark suddenly pulled Ransom under the water. Ransom suffered a massive wound to his left leg and appeared to die shortly thereafter.

Based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with VAFB, the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Coroner's Bureau will conduct the death investigation due to the incident occurring off the beach and in the water. Federal and State Fish and Game officials are working to identify the type of shark which was described as being 14 to 20 feet in length.

Following standard protocol, VAFB has ordered the closure of all base beaches (Surf, Wall, and Minuteman, etc.) for the next 72 hours. The Santa Barbara County Parks Department is posting warning signs at County Beaches in the Jalama and Guadalupe beach areas. Please call VAFB Public Affairs at (805) 606-3595 for any questions regarding beach closures on the base.

Lucas Ransom was a Junior at UC Santa Barbara where he was majoring in Chemical Engineering.

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Reader Comments

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i think it's ridiculous that there is an ad for scuba gear on this page, with a t-shirt that says "let us prey." does anyone have any common sense? this isn't the t-shirt market, this is basically an obituary!
   comment# 1   - Jinx · US · Oct 23, 2010 @ 4:32am

They have been here long before we appeared ...we must learn to respect them, or face the consequences.
   comment# 2   - The Interpreter · Sacramento, CA USA · Oct 23, 2010 @ 7:03am

Sharks kill people!
   comment# 3   - B. Hussein Obama · Kenya, USA · Oct 23, 2010 @ 7:19am

Why did'nt u put the picture of the wound on the screen
   comment# 4   - elley · Dallas, TX · Oct 23, 2010 @ 8:21am

Terrible for for a family.
   comment# 5   - David Goodwin · Marlboro, NY. U.S.A. · Oct 23, 2010 @ 8:23am

Surfing really sucks, there are big sharks everywhere, angry locals and sharp reef and submerged rocks, cold water, and that's if you don't drown frome the big waves. You guys really shouldn't try it. Cali is the worst too the sharks there are HUGE! and everywhere! I just heard there was another attack today in south africa. I feel sorry for the kid who was attacked, I guess he didn't realize the danger was so high. We should all make it a point to warn people not to go surfing. I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and he says that if you surf regular then there is a giant shark passing under you every two years.
   comment# 6   - Curtis Wood · Hale'iwa usa · Oct 23, 2010 @ 9:15am

@The Interpreter: Do you mean the sharks or the scuba gear ads?
   comment# 7   - JJ · Palo Alto · Oct 23, 2010 @ 9:15am

   comment# 8   - OMAR GONZO · Corpus Christi,Texas,U.S.A. · Oct 23, 2010 @ 12:15pm

The ad on here is in very bad taste shame on you
   comment# 9   - Dobey Walran · Bristol USA · Oct 23, 2010 @ 1:27pm

I agree, I think it is pretty tasteless to have a scuba diving ad right next to an article on a fatal shark attack. Pretty tacky and insensitive.
   comment# 10   - TC · Durham, NC · Oct 24, 2010 @ 3:55pm
- Editor: Scuba gear & shark attack? huh?

Very sad and tragic to say the least. My son is also a student majoring in Chemical Engineering in Tallahassee, Fl FSU (Sophmore). He is into diving and surfing. Youth have to do their thing, cost what it may. What a painful lesson this is and must be passed on. My sympathy to the parents and family.
   comment# 11   - Mary Rue · Berlin, Germany · Oct 25, 2010 @ 7:50pm

Point Break sociobiological analysis: "I think it is pretty tasteless for White sharks to take as much as the Ex-Presidents did before they got greedy, take enough to ride the surf another day, no bite and wait because there are no mates, certainly the cavalry is no friend to me, White shark brain says time to flee. Make it two bites, Utah, make it two."
   comment# 12   - drudown · Solana Beach, CA · Nov 3, 2010 @ 10:14pm

This really sucks, but I am glad he most likely died fast after that. The media makes it seem like that's such a horrible way to die, but there are far worse ways to go. Thank You ___________ Daniel cars for sale
   comment# 13   - cars for sale · United State · Mar 25, 2011 @ 3:22am

Now, if that shark would just take a vacation and go to Hawaii where Obama is taking his vacation this Christmas. He'll have three full weeks to find the right beach to cruise. Go shark!!!
   comment# 14   - jackson andrews · poulsbo, u.s.a. · Dec 20, 2014 @ 1:36am
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