Surfer killed in shark attack was 26-year-old California man

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A closure sign reading “Closure, Shark Attack, Do Not Enter” is posted at Manresa State Beach near Watsonville, south of San Jose, Calif., Sunday, May 10, 2020. A surfer killed Saturday in a shark attack off the Santa Cruz County beach has been identified as a 26-year-old man who lived in the area, officials said Sunday. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group via AP)

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. (KRON/AP) – The 26-year-old surfer who died in a shark attack Saturday in Santa Cruz County has been identified.

Ben Kelly, a resident of Santa Cruz County, was surfing at Sand Dollar Beach, about a mile south of Manresa State Beach parking lot, when he was attacked.

KRON reports that Kelly was a surfboard maker.

California state park officials responded to the area around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department, Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene.

The water, 1 mile north and south of the attack, is closed until Thursday. Signs have been posted warning beachgoers about the attack.

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