Lucas Ransom Identified As Surf Beach Shark Attack Victim
Lucas Ransom. 19, Has Been Identified As the Victim of a Surf Beach Shark Attack Earlier Today
Ransom, a junior in chemical engineering at UC Santa Barbara, was killed by a shark attack at Surf Beach on Friday morning.
Ransom is from Romoland California and he was boogie boarding about 150 yards offshore just before 9am when he was attacked according to the Los Angeles Times.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Grossini said that his friend was surfing near him and saw what happened, along with two witnesses on the beach.
"He saw his friend go under for a brief moment and knew something was wrong,'' Grossini said of Ransom's surfer friend. The friend and the witnesses helped Ransom get to shore, he said. Ransom suffered a massive wound to his left leg, the sheriff's department said in a statement. He was pronounced dead at the scene by personnel from Vandenberg AFB fire department.
He lost part of his leg and patrols are now looking for the missing body part; they have already found the boogie board that had a chunk missing.
The shark has not been seen since but it is suspected to be between 14 and 18 feet long.