WEATHER »

Officials Reopen Surf Beach

Site of Last Week’s Fatal Shark Attack Will Have Additional Warning Signs


Surf Beach – the site of last week’s fatal shark attack that claimed the life of 19-year-old UCSB student Lucas Ransom – reopened at 8 a.m. this morning, said a spokesperson for Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Base officials closed Surf, Wall, and Minuteman beaches in the wake of Friday’s attack, and during the three-day period base conservation law enforcement officers increased patrols but reportedly didn’t spot any sharks.

Officials, said the spokesperson, will post signs at the beaches – which already have signs indicating there’s no lifeguards on duty in the area – that read: “Warning: recent shark attack – swim, surf at your own risk.”

Vandenberg’s Minuteman and Wall beaches, only accessible to base personnel, will remain closed as part of the base’s efforts to gear up for its two-week operational readiness and unit compliance inspections, which begin October 24.

Tips for reducing the risk of shark attack can be found on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Web site.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

Jon Peterson Departs Habitat for Humanity

Takes a post with Covenant Trust Company of Chicago.

Montecito Pushes Back on Streamlined Rebuild Process

Not so fast with fast-track rebuilding, leaders tell the county

St. George Files Suit Against Gelb for Unpaid Debt

Pair of Isla Vista landlords in legal tussle over property sales costs.

Thousands of Plaintiffs Added to Refugio Oil Spill Case

Litigation follows footsteps of 1969 Union Oil spill attorneys.

Push Comes to Shove Between Law Enforcement and Mental Health

County supervisors confront too many needs with not enough money.