Shark kills beachgoer in Central Calif.

Oct 22 2010 - 2:12pm

LOS ANGELES -- A beachgoer has died in a shark attack off the Central California coast and three beaches are closed.

An official with knowledge of the case says the person was killed Friday morning at Surf Beach, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles in Santa Barbara County.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to release the information.

Surf Beach is on the property of Vandenberg Air Force Base but is it open to the public.

Vandenberg says the base closed the beach and two others for 72 hours.

Shark attacks are rare in the region. The last one at Surf Beach was in 2008, when a shark bit a surfer's board.

A great white shark killed a woman in 2003 at Avila Beach, about 30 miles north of Vandenberg.


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