She Was Swimming in the Ocean. Then, a 'Really Hard Hit'

Lyn Jutronich, 50, describes watching a shark attack her off the coast of Del Mar, Calif.
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 8, 2022 9:45 AM CST
She Was Swimming in the Ocean. Then, a 'Really Hard Hit'
A lifeguard truck is seen on Thursday along Del Mar beach, north of San Diego, after a 50-year-old woman was bitten by a shark in the water, prompting a beach closure of at least 48 hours in the area, city lifeguard officials said on Friday.   (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

Lyn Jutronich was resting in the water during her morning ocean swim when something rammed her hard out of the water. Jutronich, 50, said she immediately knew it was a shark. She gave her first interviews over the weekend from her hospital bed, where she's recovering after the shark bit her leg Friday off the Pacific coast of Del Mar, north of San Diego, per the AP. "I felt a huge, like a really hard hit, right—I don't know how else to say this—like right between my legs, and it pushed me, it hurt, and it pushed me up and out of the water," Jutronich told ABC news affiliate KGTV. "I saw it clamp on my leg, so I don't know if I saw it bite my leg or if I saw it after it bit my leg, but I definitely saw the mouth," she recalled.

Still clamped onto her right leg, Jutronich said it then shook her once, "kind of like a dog." Then it let her go. A friend swimming with her saw her being flung around in the water, then saw the shark's fin. He helped her get back to shore, where lifeguards and emergency crews treated her, then rushed her to a hospital. Jutronich is being treated for puncture and laceration wounds to her upper right thigh. The shark is believed to have been a juvenile white shark, but officials are waiting for scientists to confirm that. Juvenile white sharks often swim in the waters off Del Mar's shoreline. Jutronich told reporters she's still processing what happened.

(Read more shark attack stories.)

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