Story Created: Oct 22, 2010 at 10:29 AM PDT
Story Updated: Oct 24, 2010 at 10:38 AM PDT
Vandenberg/Lompoc - Federal and State Fish and Game officials are working to identify the type of shark which attacked and killed a local student off Surf Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The shark was described as being 14 to 20 feet in length. Experts should be able to detemine by the bite marks on the "boogie board", and the victim, are that of a Great White or another type of shark. So far they have not made any announcement. Meantime, beaches in the area remain closed this weekend.
19-year-old Lucas Ransom, a UCSB student, died Friday morning when the shark bit off his leg while he paddled some 100 feet from shore. The massive wound caused him to bleed to death.
Candace Ransom said she last spoke to her son just before he went surfing. In an interview with the Associated Press she said her son told her he was "going to surf sets of 8- to 10-fee at a beach that was new to him". She then encouraged him not to go in the water.
“I said, ‘Honey, if they’re so pretty why don’t you just sit and watch them. You’re at a place you’ve never been to before.’” He said, ‘Mom, don’t worry, I’ll be fine and I’ll call you when I finish up.’”
An eyewitness at the scene that morning called the KEY newsroom around 9:20 a.m. saying the victim "had his leg bitten off and lost too much blood." That source also told KEY News the victim was pulled to shore by a friend, but efforts to stop the bleeding were unsuccessful.