‘The back of her leg was kind of missing’; Woman attacked by shark in California

Report an error
(Laylan Connelly/The Orange County Register via AP) In this Sunday, April 30, 2017 photo, a sign warns beachgoers at San Onofre State Beach after a woman was attacked by a shark in the area Saturday, along the Camp Pendleton Marine base in San Diego County, Calif. The beach remained closed Sunday.

“You don’t really want to think about (sharks) when you’re out in the water.” “There’s so many kids in the water at San O,” she said.

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A shark attacked a woman wading in the ocean with friends, tearing away part of her upper thigh off a popular Southern California beach, authorities and witnesses said Sunday.
Williams said the woman was conscious and talking while onlookers used a rubber surfboard leash as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

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 sharks have been sighted in the area recently.

The attack occurred Saturday near San Onofre State Beach in northern San Diego County.
Booth, who often surfs at San Onofre, said the incident made her worry about her 8-year-old daughter, who boogie-boards often in the area.

Asia Sorenson said the victim — a civilian — was airlifted to a hospital in unknown condition. Marine Sgt. The beach is adjacent to the Camp Pendleton Marine Base.

“All of the back of her leg was kind of missing,” Thomas Williams, one of several witnesses who pulled the woman ashore, told the Orange County Register. “If she didn’t receive immediate care, it was life-threatening.”

Experts estimated the shark was at least 10 feet (3.05 metres) in length, judging from the bite marks, which spanned her chest, hip and shoulder. Nearly a year ago, a woman was bitten by a shark while swimming off Corona del Mar, about 25 miles (40.23 kilometres) to the north of the Saturday attack.

The beach was expected to remain closed until Monday.
Change text size for the story


“But she was coherent.” “She was not calm, of course,” he said.

Beachgoer Amber Booth was headed to San Onofre to watch the sunset Saturday with her family when a ranger told her the stretch of ocean was closed because of the shark attack.

Print this story