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Two men survive a face to face encounter with a 12-foot Great White Shark

By Sherri Paysinger, NewsChannel 3 Reporter, spaysinger@keyt.com
Published On: Jun 27 2013 02:00:00 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 30 2013 10:35:54 PM CDT

In the middle of a summer heat wave, the waters at three local beaches are off limits after two-off duty firefighters encountered a great white shark at Tajiguas State Beach, one mile west of Refugio State Beach.

Santa Barbara County, Calif. -

A retired fireman on a fishing trip with a friend  say they visited face to face with a Great White Shark just off Tajiguas Beach Saturday afternoon.  The incident happened early afternoon about 800 feet off  shore. The retiree says his friend had a fresh catch of bass and after drawing the live catch from the water to on-board their kayak the 12-foot man-eating predator breached the water and ultimately lifted the vessel out of the water.

 No injuries were reported but the mens' wits were apparently on end after the encounter. Currently three area beaches are closed for 72-hours to water recreation activities in response to the shark encounter. El Capitan, El Refugio and Gaviota State Beaches are affected. All three are set to re-open Tuesday morning at 8am to water recreation activities like surfing and swimming. 

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