A woman was attacked by a 10-foot shark at San Onofre Beach in California on Saturday evening. She had her right back leg torn from her glute to her knees and is now in medically-induced coma since Sunday night. The victim, identified as Leeanne Ericson, 35-year-old single mother of three young kids, was wading on the beach while her boyfriend surfed. Her boyfriend apparently heard Ericson’s screams and dove into the water to reach her and put her on a surfboard to take her back to shore.
It was reported that onlookers made use of a rubber surfboard leash as a tourniquet to help stop the bleeding. Then she was airlifted to the hospital. She is now in Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla receiving treatment and a Go Fund Me campaign has been started by her friends to help the family with the medical expenses.
The campaign wrote, “She is a single mom with three young children who depend on her. She has a long road ahead with several surgeries to go. I don’t know how much this will cost but she’s going to need all the help she can get.”
According to the San Diego Tribune, this incident was the eleventh count of violent human-shark encounter in the area. The most recent shark attack prior to this in San Diego County was back in 2010, when a 66-year-old man was killed while swimming off Fletcher Cove.
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