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Surfer killed in shark attack in Northern California

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office stated in a Facebook post that the attack happened within 100 yards off shore and urged people to avoid the area.
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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A surfer was killed in a shark attack off a Northern California beach this weekend. 

State park officials said the 26-year-old man was surfing off Manresa State Beach on the northern end of Monterey Bay Saturday when he was attacked by an unknown shark species. 

Coroner’s officials identified him as Ben Kelly, a resident of Santa Cruz County. Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies notified the man’s family. 

The water one mile north and south of the attack will be closed for five days. 

Signs have been posted warning beachgoers about the attack. 

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office stated in a Facebook post that the attack happened within 100 yards offshore and urged people to avoid the area and the water.