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Shark attack closes beaches at California air base

October 3, 2014

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California (AP) — Three California beaches along coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base have been closed because of a shark attack.

A statement posted on the Vandenberg website Friday says the attack was not fatal but gives no details of the incident. A base information officer did not immediately respond to an email.

The attack occurred a quarter-mile north of Wall Beach, which will be closed along with Surf and Minuteman beaches until 4 p.m. Sunday.

A bite from a great white shark killed a surfer at Surf Beach in October 2012 and a bodyboarder at the same beach died in October 2010 when an apparent great white nearly severed one of his legs.

Vandenberg is a missile and space launch site in Santa Barbara County about 130 miles (209 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles.

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