BY Aubrey Rebelo
Leeanne Ericson lost part of her right leg in a shark attack while swimming at a popular Southern California beach. Ericson was listed in critical condition Monday at the hospital. She was rescued Saturday by a couple of Camp Pendleton beachgoers, including one who used a surfboard leash to stop the bleeding. She was flown to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla where a hospital spokeswoman Janice Collins said she was in critical condition, but declined to release further details. “The whole back of her leg was kind of missing,” Thomas Williams said, who was one of several witnesses who pulled the woman ashore. He said a veteran surfer, Hunter Robinson, suggested using a surfboard leash to stop the bleeding until the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base emergency personnel arrived. The shark attacked at a beach known as Church on the northern tip of the base.
Ericson is a single mother of three young children, according to a GoFundMe page put up to raise money for her recovery. The page had raised a little more than $23,000 by Monday afternoon which is 8 hours after the news was first released. The page was created by Christine Mcnerney Leidle who is a member of Ericsson’s family, but declined to give any information of her relation to the victim. Other members of Ericson’s family could not be reached.
Authorities also immediately shut down a three-mile stretch of shoreline extending from a mile north of Church to nearby San Onofre and San Clemente state beaches. The area is expected to be reopened Wednesday to swimmers and surfers.