On April 29, Leeanne Ericson and her boyfriend Dusty Phillips hit the water on what they described as a "beautiful day." The couple was less than 100 yards from shore when something bumped Phillips' surfboard, which Ericson was on top of after swimming.
They thought a seal had struck the board, but moments later, Ericson found herself off the board and face-to-face with a shark.
Several swimmers and surfers helped Phillips and Ericson back to shore.
Leidle said a man on shore and another who had just completed his EMT training used a surfboard leash as a tourniquet. Leidle believes that and the quick response by first responders helped keep her daughter alive.
"If any one of us weren't there I think it would have been so much harder," explained Thomas Williams, one of the several witnesses who helped pull Ericson ashore.
Williams helped his friend Hunter Robinson tie the tourniquet to help stop the heavy bleeding.
"One of our other friends lifted up her hip and slid it underneath," Williams said. "I just tied it off and held it in place until we got to shore."