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‘I punched nice white shark within the EYE to avoid wasting my life after it dragged 30ft under the waves’

‘I punched great white shark in the EYE to save my life after it dragged 30ft below the waves’


A MUM-OF-THREE has described the second she escaped an incredible white shark by punching it within the eye after it dragged her 30 ft underwater.

Leeanne Ericson, 38, was swimming off Southern California’s San Onofre seaside whereas boyfriend Dusty Phillips surfed close by.

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Leeanne Ericson was attacked whereas swimming off the coast of Southern California[/caption]

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Leeanne seen in hospital following the assault[/caption]

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She is believed to have been attacked by a juvenile nice white shark[/caption]

Talking concerning the 2017 incident for Nationwide Geographic’s annual two-week Sharkfest season, she described the second she realised one thing was within the water beneath her.

 “It was so stunning that weekend. The water was so blue and sparkly,” she mentioned.

“We had observed a sea lion had surfaced to my left and regarded proper at us, and I checked out my fiance Dusty and mentioned, ‘That sea lion appears to be like slightly panicked to me’.

“And instantly he dipped again down underneath. So I began to swim in direction of the shore.”

Inside seconds, the shark clamped onto the highest of Leeanne’s proper leg and commenced to tug her under the floor.

“As quickly because it grabbed my leg, I knew what it was,” she mentioned.

“I bear in mind being pulled down and fascinated with my children.

“And I bear in mind fascinated with my fiance not realizing the place I used to be or what was occurring to me.

“I went perhaps 25-30 ft. I may discover the sunshine change and it was getting darker and darker the additional I used to be taking place.”

‘A SCREAM I’D NEVER HEARD’

Dusty described paddling close by when he heard Leeanne scream.

“It was a piercing scream I’d by no means heard. And it disappeared, mid-scream,” he mentioned.

“I circled as fast as I may and there wasn’t even a ripple. The place the f**okay did she go?”

The animal that attacked Leeanne is believed to have been a juvenile nice white, and consultants say it most likely mistook her for a sea lion.

She managed to wrestle free solely after clawing on the shark’s face and punching it within the eye.

“My complete hand went into his eye, and I caught it in so far as I may,” she mentioned.

“It was tremendous comfortable, it felt like I’d put my hand right into a cup of jelly.

“The shark jerked away from me, and I used to be swimming to the floor.”

After Leeanne made it again to the floor, Dusty pulled her onto his surfboard and paddled her again to the shore, the place an air ambulance was already ready for her.

One paramedic described how she “wasn’t even actually bleeding any extra” as a result of she had already misplaced a lot blood.


Leeanne spent 9 weeks in intensive care following the assault and underwent eight surgical procedures to restore the injury to her leg, racking up “thousands and thousands” in medical payments.

She nonetheless has no feeling in her leg and needed to be taught to stroll once more, however mentioned she is simply grateful to be alive.

The documentary sequence comes simply days after 15-year-old Mani Hart-Deville was killed in a shark assault whereas browsing off the coast of New South Wales, Australia.

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Leeanne smiles as she recovers in hospital[/caption]

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Dusty appears to be like at a torn up a part of Leeanne’s wetsuit[/caption]

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Leeanne and Dusty within the water collectively[/caption]