Ben Kelly Wiki – Ben Kelly Biography
Ben Kelly died surfing off Manresa State Beach on the northern end of Monterey Bay about 100 yards from the shore just before 1.30 pm.
Who was California Surfer
The 26-year-old is said to have been well known Santa Cruz surfing community. He ran a local business handcrafting boards and has been described by friends as ‘one of a kind’.
Pictures on social media show Ben with his wife Katie and out in the water. They also show him making boards for others.
Ben Kelly Age
He was 26 years old.
Ben Kelly Death
The water one mile north and south of the attack will be closed for five days. Signs were posted warning beachgoers about the attack.
‘State Parks expresses its deepest sympathy to the family of the victim,’ the statement said.
While it is unclear what species attacked the surfer, great white sharks are commonly seen swimming in the area in the lead up to summer.
Local drone photographer Eric Mailander told KRON4 that he counted 15 great white sharks while out on his boat on Saturday morning.
Photos captured by KTVU showed rescue crews on the shoreline shortly after the incident. Police and ambulance vehicles were seen in the beach’s parking lot.
According to the California State Parks website, Manresa State Beach is fully closed from 11am to 5pm daily amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Another drone photographer, Brian Stocks, also captured great whites swimming off the Manresa Beach on Friday.
According to local news sites, the number of sharks in the area are increasing. One outlet described the waters as a ‘shark park’.
California Beach Shark Atack History
Saturday’s incident was the third fatal shark attack off Northern California since 1984.
In 2004, a diver was killed by a 17-foot great white shark near Kibeseliah Rock in Mendocino County.
In 1984, a 28-year-old man was attacked by a shark at Pigeon Point by a 16-foot great white shark.
Santa Cruz County Closed All Parks & Beaches
Santa Cruz County closed all of its parks and beaches and banned surfing as part of the shelter-in-place order put in place to stem the coronavirus pandemic. But it reopened them and allowed surfing again in mid-April.
Shark attacks are very rare. According to the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum, which tracks shark attacks, there were just 64 unprovoked attacks on humans worldwide in 2019. Three occurred in California.
Facts You Need to Know
The attack happened Saturday, off Manresa State Beach, south of Santa Cruz
Ben Kelly, 26, was named as the victim of the attack by the coroners office
Friends have paid tribute to Ben online, describing him as ‘one of a kind’
He was well known in the Santa Cruz surfing community, owning a board store
Great white sharks are commonly seen in the area in the lead-up to summer
One photographer spotted 15 of the sharks in the water earlier in the day
It is the first reported shark attack death in Northern California since 2004
During the 2004 incident, a diver was killed by a 17-foot great white shark