California Surfer Killed in Shark Attack

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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A California surfer was killed Tuesday by a shark off a beach at coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base, authorities said.

The attack was witnessed by a friend of the victim who swam to his aid and pulled him out of the ocean, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

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The friend started first aid while another surfer called for help, but the male victim was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

The Air Force said only that the victim was 38 years old and was not affiliated with the base, which allows public access to some of its beaches.

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The type of shark involved and other details were under investigation.

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