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Surfer dies after apparent shark attack off Morro Bay on Christmas Eve

A surfer was killed in an apparent shark attack off Morro Bay on Friday morning, authorities said.

First responders were dispatched to the beach just north of Atascadero Road in the Central Coast city to report an unresponsive male victim on the beach, according to a Morro Bay Police Department announcement.

“He was pulled from the water following an apparent shark attack,” the statement said.

Authorities have not released the name or age of the victim.

According to police, no additional details about the fatal incident have been released amid the ongoing investigation by the San Luis Obispo County Coroner’s Office and California State Parks representatives.

While local beaches remain open, beachgoers have been ordered not to enter the water for a 24-hour period.

Shark attacks in California are extremely rare, with about 199 such incidents reported since the 1950s, figures from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife shows. According to the data last updated in August, they have caused 14 deaths and 107 injuries.

https://kfor.com/news/u-s-world/surfer-dies-after-apparent-shark-attack-off-morro-bay-on-christmas-eve/ Surfer dies after apparent shark attack off Morro Bay on Christmas Eve

JACLYN DIAZ

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