Published: Fri, May 05, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Swimmer injured in shark attack at Southern California beach

Swimmer injured in shark attack at Southern California beach

Authorities closed the beach in an area known as "Church" and were warning residents and visitors to stay out of the water.

After Ericson was pulled from the surf, onlooker Thomas Williams, who recently received his EMT certification, quickly applied a tourniquet fashioned from a surfboard leash to stop the bleeding.

In an interview with NBC San Diego, her mother Christine McKnerney Leidle said, "I can't imagine how scared she must have been in that water". The woman, whose identity was not revealed, was wading in the water when she was bitten, park aide Travis Lara told the Orange County Register.

"It appears that the lifeguards at Camp Pendleton are recommending that the beach remain closed for another 24 hours".

The surgeon told the family that if her boyfriend wasn't there, Ericson would have died. Beaches are expected to re-open on Wednesday.

Officials could not confirm the type of shark that was involved in the attack nor if the area of beach is closed as a result.

More than 50 of the attacks were in the United States, including an attack on California Ironman participant Maria Korcsmaros, who was swimming at a beach about an hour's drive away from where Ericson was injured.

But the injuries Ericson sustained in the attack will make her recovery a lengthy one, her mother wrote in a GoFundMe page.

After being hauled out of the water by bystanders and given first aid, Leeanne Ericson was rushed to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California, where she remains in critical condition, according to reports. A 16-foot female great white shark was filmed a week ago, however, munching on the carcass of a dead humpback whale at Dana Point, about 25 miles north. Both were quickly returned to the ocean, as required by law.

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