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Water Activities at Beaches May Resume, Effective Friday, July 14 at 9:00 a.m.

Post Date:07/14/2017

SANTA CRUZ, CA—The Santa Cruz Fire Department announced that water activity restrictions have been lifted a day early at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 14th.  Fire Department Marine Safety personnel have confirmed that no shark activity has been observed in the area since the shark attack on Tuesday. 

Based upon information gathered through numerous water-based patrols and aerial review, staff has determined that normal water activities may resume immediately.  Additionally, all beaches and beach access in the area are open.

According to Santa Cruz Fire Chief Jim Frawley, “the attack on Tuesday gave us all a scare, and thankfully it resulted in no injuries to the kayaker.  We greatly appreciate the community’s patience and compliance with the water activity restrictions.  In thoroughly combing the area, as recently as this morning, and not witnessing or receiving reports of any subsequent shark activity since Tuesday, we have determined that the public can resume water activities a day earlier than planned.”    

The Santa Cruz Fire and Marine Safety Department encourages the Santa Cruz community and visitors to responsibly enjoy the local beaches and ocean this coming weekend.

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