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Beaches Reopen Following Fatal Shark Attack

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Three Santa Barbara County beaches closed Friday after a 19-year-old man was killed by a shark have reopened, according to the LA Times. Over the weekend, patrols and observations provided no shark sightings at Surf, Wall and Minutemen beaches around the Vandenberg Air Force Base.

"During the three-day closure period, base conservation law enforcement officers increased patrols of the base beaches; there were no observed or reported shark sightings off of base beaches during the closure period," the base said in a statement. "In addition to existing signage identifying no lifeguard on duty and outlining beach rules, base conservation law enforcement officials will post additional signs at the beaches reading: 'Warning: recent shark attack -- swim, surf at your own risk.'"

UC Santa Barbara student Lucas Ransom of Riverside County and a friend were bodysurfing Friday morning before going to class when a shark -- the type has not been identified, but could be a Great White -- took his leg. There have been 12 confirmed fatal shark attacks since 1950 in California.

Previously: Friend of Shark Attack Victim Describes 'red wave' of Blood During Fatal Mauling