Swim­mer in­jured in shark at­tack at Cal­i­for­nia beach

Cape Breton Post - - World -

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A shark at­tacked a woman wad­ing in the ocean with friends, tear­ing away part of her up­per thigh in the ocean off a pop­u­lar South­ern Cal­i­for­nia beach, au­thor­i­ties and wit­nesses said Sun­day.

The at­tack oc­curred Satur­day near San Onofre State Beach in north­ern San Diego County. “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 lifethreat­en­ing.’’

Wil­liams said the woman was con­scious and talk­ing while on­look­ers used a rub­ber surf­board leash as a tourni­quet to stop the bleed­ing.

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

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.

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