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Deadly Shark Attack in California

An unfortunate event took place just a couple of days ago in the waters of Surf Beach near Lompoc, California, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Javier Solorio Jr., 40, of Orcutt was killed in a shark attack. He was surfing with a friend, when he was bitten by the shark in his upper torso. His friend was the one to pull him out of the water and give him first aid, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department's Sgt. Mark A. Williams: "His friend ended up swimming over and pulling him from the water where he received first aid."

While his friend started first aid another surfer called for help. Unfortunately, although help arrived right away, paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. This is the 5th fatal attack since 2000 and the 7th unprovoked shark attack this year to take place on the Pacific Coast of North America.

According to the authorities, although there have been "shark sightings up and down the Santa Barbara coastline pretty frequently recently", there were no shark warning signs posted at Surf Beach when the tragic event happened.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Solorio family and friends. We wish that this tragic event could be avoided. To prevent them in the future, please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to the proper authorities.