A shark brutally attacked one woman as she waded off the coast of a South California beach with her friends, and tore a part of the upper thigh of her leg, said authorities Sunday.
The attack happened on Saturday close to San Onofre’s State Beach located in San Diego County.
“All of the back of her leg was kind of missing,” said Thomas Williams, a witness who saw the aftermath of the attack and pulled her ashore. “If she didn’t receive immediate care, it was life-threatening.”
Williams said she was conscious and holding a conversation as onlookers utilized a rubber leash for surfboards to make a tourniquet and stop her from bleeding out.
“She was not calm, of course,” he recalled. “But she was coherent.”
The beach is located nearby a marine base called Camp Pendleton. Sgt Asia Sorenson of the Marines stated that the civilian had to be airlifted to receive medical treatment at a nearby hospital.
The injury had most likely been the result of a saven-gill or great white shark, Chris Lower of the Shark lab in California State University said. Multiple sharks are being spotted in the region in the past few months.
Beach visitor Amber Booth headed over to the San Onofre beach to see the sunset on Saturday along with her gamily before a ranger said that the stretch of beach was closed due to the dangers of a shark attack.
Booth, who is a regular surfer at the beach, stated that the incident caused her to worry about the dangers to her daughter, 8 years old, who is often boogie-boarding in the region.
“There’s so many kids in the water at San O,” she stated. “You don’t really want to think about (sharks) when you’re out in the water.”