Fatal California Shark Attacks Since 2000
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- Tuesday, August 19, 2003
The incident, which occurred off Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County, had two common traits among the list of 93 unprovoked shark attacks off California's coast. The woman, Deborah Franzman, 50, was swimming on the surface of the water, and she was also in close proximity of several sea lions that were also swimming and feeding near the surface of the ocean. The swimmer likely became the target of the shark after it was attracted to the nearby sea lions, a favored prey item of white sharks.
- Wednesday, September 15, 2004
- Friday, April 25, 2008
Retired veterinarian Dave Martin went swimming early on the morning of April 25, 2008. At 7:00 a.m. he was attacked by a shark. Witnesses say he was pushed up out of the water. He was bitten across both legs. Friends who were swimming with him were able to get him to shore. He died at approximately 7:49 a.m. on the beach.
- Friday, October 22, 2010
Lucas Ransom was boogie boarding about 150 yards offshore at about 8:50 a.m. when the attack occurred, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Grossini said Friday afternoon at a news conference on the beach. A friend who was surfing near him witnessed what happened, as did two people on the beach, Grossini said.
- total distance: 1,139 miles (1.833 km)