A Northern California beach that had remained open to surfers and swimmers despite the coronavirus has now been closed — due to a fatal shark attack.
A 26-year-old male victim was killed by a shark of an unknown species Saturday at a Northern California beach while surfing in the waters off Manresa State Beach on the northern end of Monterey Bay, the California State Parks department said in a statement.
The victim, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Santa Cruz County’s most recent public health order closes beaches between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day — but allows people to cross beaches to swim, kayak, surf and participate in other water sports during those times.
“Passive or sedentary” activities like sunbathing during the closures are banned and can warrant a citation, however, according to the order.
But following State Parks guidelines on shark attacks, the water one mile south and north of the incident location will close for five days, reopening Thursday, May 14.
Signs have been posted at access points to the beach within a one-mile radius of the attack warning beachgoers of the shark attack, according to the Ste Parks department.
“State Parks expresses its deepest sympathy to the family of the victim,” the department said in a statement.
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