Lockdown: Shark kills surfer at closed beach

A surfer died after being attacked by a shark off the coast in northern California, according to state officials.

The 26-year-old man was surfing about 100 yards off the shore at Manresa State Beach just before 1.30pm when he was mauled, California State Parks authorities said in a statement on Saturday.

Under Santa Cruz County’s public health orders, the beach was fully closed to the public from 11am to 5pm daily.

Rescue crews were photographed by local media shortly after the incident, with police and ambulances spotted in the car park.

The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene. The officials said they did not know which type of shark killed him.

An area stretching a mile north and south from where he died were to stay shut for at least another five days.

Locals are allowed to cross the beaches while exercising on land or in water outside 11am and 5pm as long as they stay socially distanced and keep moving.

Authorities have put up signs saying water sports are ‘highly discouraged’ within 100 yards from the shore.

Their statement said: ‘State Parks expresses its deepest sympathy to the family of the victim.’

Great white sharks are known to visit the area but normally stay well off-shore. There have only been two other fatal shark attacks off northern California since 1984.

Amateur drone photographers have told local news outlets that the number of sharks in the area has increased since the outbreak.

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