San Onofre State Beach reopens after weekend shark attack

San Onofre Beach reopens after shark attack
Posted at 2:28 PM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 17:31:40-04

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (KGTV)--San Onofre State Beach reopened Wednesday morning after a shark attack prompted a closure last weekend. 

The popular surf spot was closed to beachgoers following the bloody assault on Saturday evening that left 36-year-old Leeanne Ericson "fighting for her life" after a shark bit a chunk of her right back leg off. 

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Two men who were onshore at the time of the attack came to Ericson's aid by using a surfboard's leash as a tourniquet. 

"If any one of us weren't there I think it would have been so much harder," said one witness. 

RELATED: San Onofre remains closed after weekend shark attack 

Ericson was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital where she remains in recovery mode with "several surgeries to go," her mother Christine Leidle said. 

A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the shark attack victim with her medical costs. 

According to City News Service, the attack is only the 11th recorded in the area in the past seven decades.

Sandy Coronilla is a KGTV digital producer. Follow her @10NewsSandy