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10/4/2014
WHITE SHARK ATTACKS SURFER; 3 CENTRAL CALIF. BEACHES CLOSED
Vandenberg Air Force officials have closed three beaches after a surfer was attacked by a great white shark Thursday evening. The surfer suffered non-life threatening injuries to his knee, as well as cuts to other parts of his body, in the attack, which occurred about 5:30 p.m. a quarter-mile north of Wall Beach, officials said. Ralph Collier, president of the Shark Research Institute, said the shark was 8 to 10 feet long.
9/25/2014
BILLIONAIRE BROKE LAW BY BARRING ACCESS TO MARTIN'S BEACH
In a closely watched beach-access case, a San Mateo County judge ruled tentatively Wednesday that a Silicon Valley venture capitalist violated the California Coastal Act by denying public access across his property to a popular spot near Half Moon Bay. Superior Court Judge Barbara Mallach ruled that by padlocking a gate, hiring security guards and altering signs without state permission, Vinod Khosla had wrongly denied public access to Martin's Beach, granting a legal victory to the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation, which brought suit.
8/27/2014
NEW SUNSET PHOTOS
A new gallery of photos is now available for your viewing pleasure. All 81 photos were taken at Sunset Beach on 8/27/2014.
8/27/2014
MALIBU PIER CLOSED, SURFER DIES AS BIG WAVES HAMMER BEACHES
Malibu Pier was shut down Tuesday evening and an unconscious surfer was pulled from rough waters nearby earlier in the day as high waves began pounding Southern California beaches. California State Park officials closed the pier after a piling was knocked loose Tuesday afternoon amid the big waves, officials said. Around 11:30 a.m., Los Angeles County lifeguards pulled the surfer from Malibu Point north of the pier.
8/2/2014
RONNIE JAY, FAMED LOCAL SURFER AND FORMER Z-BOY, HAS BEEN FOUND
Ronnie Jay, famed local surfer and former Z-Boy, has been found safe, according to Culver City police. Ronald Bruce Jay turned up at Olympia Medical Center in the Mid-Wilshire area, where he was in good spirits and health but a bit dehydrated, a Culver City police lieutenant said.
7/28/2014
RARE LIGHTNING STORM AT VENICE BEACH KILLS 1, INJURES 13
Angelica Roquemore made the long drive from Bakersfield to Venice Beach on Sunday, planning to frolic in the waves with relatives during her first visit to the famed beach town's white sand and eclectic shops. But in an instant, the day at the beach turned into a scene of panic when a perfect storm of rare weather sent lightning bolts and booming thunder from a darkened sky. The midafternoon lightning strikes killed a 20-year-old man who was pulled from the water and injured at least seven others — one of them critically. The 15-minute thunderstorm struck as more than 20,000 people were visiting the southern portion of Venice Beach, where the lightning hit, sending beach-goers scrambling for cover and nearly six dozen rescue workers into action.
7/11/2014
MAN BECOMES COMBATIVE WITH LIFEGUARDS AND OFFICERS AT SUNSET
A man who allegedly tried to break into car in Pacific Palisades on Friday ended up battling officers and lifeguards in the ocean waters before being taken into custody. Police were called to Will Rogers State Beach when a witness reported that a man who appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol failed in an attempt to break into a car, Christopher No, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said. The man allegedly became aggressive with officers before running into traffic on Pacific Coast Highway and in and out of life guard towers, according to No. Eventually he climbed down some rocks and started walking in the rough surf along the coast, aerial video from Sky5 showed.
7/7/2014
NEWPORT BEACH LIFEGUARD DEATH IS FIRST ON DUTY IN 100 YEARS
A Newport Beach lifeguard who drowned during a weekend rescue is the first on-duty death in the division's 100-year history, officials said. Ben Carlson, a 15-year veteran lifeguard, swam out to save a distressed swimmer struggling in 6- to 8-foot waves near 16th Street about 5 p.m. Sunday, city officials said in a statement. "After he successfully contacted the man, both of them were hit by a large wave," Newport Beach Fire Department Chief Scott Poster said at a news conference.
7/5/2014
SHARK ATTACKS SWIMMER NEAR MANHATTAN BEACH PIER
A seven-foot shark attacked a swimmer near the Manhattan Beach Pier on Saturday morning, witnesses and police said. The shark bit the swimmer, who was training near the pier, at about 9:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Twitter page. The shark was "hooked" by a fisherman roughly 40 minutes before the attack, fire officials said in a tweet. The victim was in stable condition, officials tweeted.
6/18/2014
OBAMA TO ORDER MAJOR EXPANSION OF OCEAN SANCTUARY IN PACIFIC
President Obama announced a series of measures Tuesday to protect parts of the world’s oceans, including the creation of a marine sanctuary that would close a large swath of the central Pacific to fishing and energy development. The plan would require federal agencies to take multiple initiatives to address pollution, overfishing and acidification of ocean water, which is driven by climate change. "Rising levels of carbon dioxide are causing our oceans to acidify. Pollution endangers marine life. Overfishing threatens whole species," Obama said in televised statement to an international conference on ocean policy hosted by the State Department in Washington.
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