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Oct 26, 2012 7:32 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Shark warning sign up at reopened Surf Beach

Swimmer Viviana Trappe was seen at Surf Beach in Lompoc on Friday afternoon, just hours after the Vandenberg Air Force Base reopened the shores.

"I enjoy the water, I enjoy being out there," said Trappe.

There is now a bright, yellow caution sign on the beach, warning surfers and swimmers of the recent shark attack. On Tuesday, 39-year old Francisco Javier Solorio, Jr. died after being attacked by a shark. He was at Surf Beach, surfing with friends.

Trappe said the sign doesn't deter her from going back into the water, but she understand that the sign is there for a reason.

"This is somebody else's home, and so there's other animals that we share with, and some of them are friendly and some of them are not," said Trappe.

Trappe said while she was saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Solorio, she's glad to hear that he passed doing something that he loved.

She said, "even though I know there's jellyfish or shark in there, I know there's days I just want to get in the water and swim."

Trappe said she believes safety is always key, and she hopes no other family feels pain because of the perils of the ocean.

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