A woman was attacked by a shark at the popular San Onofre surf spot, Church, on Saturday afternoon. The Orange County Register reports that the victim was attacked while swimming in the lineup around 6:30 PM and was bit on her "glute and down her thigh," according to state park aide Travis Lara.
The victim, recently identified as Leeanne Ericson, was carried up the beach by two surfers. Thomas Williams, a 29-year-old San Clemente resident with EMT training, applied a leash as a tourniquet to try to stop the bleeding. Ericson was later airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital to receive emergency treatment. A GoFundMe post written by Ericson’s mother, Christine McKnerney Leidle, says that Ericson is currently “fighting for her life” and will require several surgeries.
Local San Onofre and San Clemente beaches were immediately closed following the attack and will remain closed tomorrow. On Tuesday, lifeguards will re-evaluate the closure.
Our thoughts are with Ericson, and we will bring you updates on the story as more information becomes available.