NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – A hospital official has confirmed that a shark attacked a woman who received large bite marks while swimming in Southern California.
Jeff Corliss, a spokesman with Orange County Global Medical Center, said Monday that the woman's injuries are consistent with a shark bite. Corliss tells the Orange County Register that she's expected to survive.
Officials are meeting Tuesday to decide whether to reopen Corona Del Mar State Beach, which was closed to swimmers and surfers on Memorial Day after Sunday's attack.
The woman, who was swimming in a wetsuit, was bitten on her upper torso and shoulder and was bleeding heavily after a lifeguard boat spotted her in distress.
Hospital officials will discuss the woman's condition at a news conference planned for late Tuesday morning.