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Santa Barbara County Beach Opened After Shark Attack

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Shark Bite

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department photo shows the bite of a shark on Lucas Ransom’s body board. Ransom was killed Friday in a shark attack offshore from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, Calif.

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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) – Authorities have reopened a Central California beach where a shark attack killed a 19-year-old college student last week.

Vandenberg Air Force Base reopened its Surf Beach on Monday morning.

No sharks were spotted over the weekend but officials will post warning signs noting the recent attack and advising beachgoers that they swim and surf at their own risk.

Lucas Ransom, a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, died Friday when a shark nearly severed his leg as he body-boarded at Surf Beach.

Two beaches open only to Vandenberg personnel, Wall and Minuteman, will remain closed—but not because of sharks. The base is undergoing a two-week inspection and has canceled outdoor recreation.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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