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Surfer Dies “from Apparent Shark Attack” on California Beach on Christmas Eve, Officials Say

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Surfer Dies “from Apparent Shark Attack” on California Beach on Christmas Eve, Officials Say

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  • A surfer, who was attacked by a shark, died on Christmas Eve off the beach in Morro Bay State Park in California, authorities said.

  • The victim has been identified as a man believed to be between 20 and 30 years old, KION-TV reported.

  • Police warned bathers not to enter the water for 24 hours after the attack.

A surfer has died after “suffering from an apparent shark attack” on a California beach on Christmas Eve, CNN reported.

The Morro Bay Port Department told the outlet that local authorities found the victim, identified as a male, unconscious off the beach in Morro Bay State Park.

The man, who is believed to be between 20 and 30, was first spotted by a surfer who managed to bring him back to land before authorities arrived just after 10:30 a.m., according to KION-TV. He was pronounced dead at the beach, according to the report.

“The victim has not been identified and the San Luis Obispo County Coroner’s Office with state park officials are currently on scene to investigate the incident,” the department said in a statement.

The department warned bathers to “stay out of the water for the next 24 hours” after the attack, the statement said.

“It’s a horrible accident,” port manager Eric Endersby told CNN. “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.”

As ABC News reported citing data, fatal shark attacks are rare, and of 33 shark attacks reported last year, only three were fatal.

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