Swimmer injured in shark attack at Southern California beach

Duncan Robinson

Duncan Robinson

San Onofre beach on Camp Pendleton, which was closed following a shark attack that left Vista woman severely injured, is expected to reopen Wednesday morning, base officials announced Monday.

The victim, who has not yet been identified by authorities, was carried up the beach by two surfers.

Leeanne Ericson was in a medically induced coma Sunday night at Scripps Memorial Hospital, her mother Christine McKnerney-Leidle told NBC 7.

Marine Corps spokeswoman Lt. Abigail Peterson said commanders would use the official Twitter account on Sunday evening to announce a decision on whether "to keep the beach closed or reopen".

Fox 5 reported that the victim was airlifted at about 6:30 p.m., citing a spokesperson at Camp Pendleton.

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Thomas Williams, a 29-year-old San Clemente resident with EMT training, applied a leash as a tourniquet to try to stop the bleeding.

The woman had been swimming, along with many others, in the warm waters of a popular family beach near the halfway point between Los Angeles and San Diego. "She was not calm, of course", he said, "but she was coherent".

She loves the ocean and made a decision to join her boyfriend in the water when she was bitten by a shark. "And we'd hate to see a friend get bit, we'd all rally to get that person out". "If any one of us weren't there it would have been so much worse". "You don't really want to think about it when you're out in the water".

The injury was likely caused by a great white or a seven-gill shark, said Chris Lowe, director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach. Several have been sighted in the area recently. About a year ago, however, a swimmer named Maria Korcsmaros was attacked in Corona del Mar. Korcsmaros was attacked off Corona del Mar last Memorial Day.