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Shark Sighting Leads to Closure of Vandenberg Air Force Base Beaches

Amid record heat, beaches shut down until Tuesday after shark reported off Surf Beach

Vandenberg Air Force Base personnel use binoculars to check Surf Beach on Saturday. All VAFB beaches are closed until Tuesday morning due to a reported shark sighting. Click to view larger
Vandenberg Air Force Base personnel use binoculars to check Surf Beach on Saturday. All VAFB beaches are closed until Tuesday morning due to a reported shark sighting. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo)

A shark sighting off the coast of Vandenberg Air Force Base has prompted officials to close its beaches for three days.

Col. Shane Clark, 30th Space Wing vice commander, ordered the closure of all beaches along Vandenberg’s coastline until Tuesday morning.

Officials said the beach closures are a precautionary measure due to a shark sighting at Surf Beach at 5:45 p.m. Friday.

The closure of the closest publicly accessible beach to the Lompoc Valley comes as record-setting hot temperatures are expected this weekend.

The Vandenberg coastline has been the site of two fatal shark attacks — in 2010 and 2012.

A nonfatal attack occurred in early October north of Wall Beach when a government civilian employee was bitten on the leg by a shark.

Later that month, kayakers off the coast of Vandenberg escaped an encounter with a shark.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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