California teen describes the moment she fought a 12-foot crocodile during a nighttime swim in Mexico
‘I didn’t think I’d get out that second time’: California teen, 18, describes the moment she fought a 12-foot crocodile that was dragged underwater TWICE during a nighttime swim at a hotel beach in Mexico
- 18-year-old Kiana Hummel went for a late night swim while on vacation in Mexico when a 12ft. crocodile jumps out of the water and bites her right leg
- As the crocodile drags her under the water, Hummel hit it as hard as she could so she could escape
- As she tried to get away, the crocodile clutched at her left leg and dragged her down for the second time
- People helped her escape the reptile for the second time
- Hummel will be operated on this week to repair extensive muscle and tissue damage
- Hummel says she was not properly warned by Marriott staff of crocodiles in the area
An 18-year-old woman was enjoying a nighttime swim over the weekend near the Marriott resort in Puerto Vallerta, Mexico, when a 12ft. Crocodile suddenly attacked her and dragged her underwater twice.
Kiana Hummel, who lives in California’s Bay Area, said she and a friend decided to go for a swim late at night when the crocodile jumped out of the water and grabbed her right leg.
As Hummel fought the crocodile and hit him as hard as she could, she was almost able to free herself from his bite.
But the crocodile then clung back to her left side and pulled her back underwater.
“I didn’t think I would get out that second time,” Hummel said ABC 30.
Kiana Hummel, 18, was transported to a California hospital after surviving a crocodile attack
Hummel suffered extensive muscle and tissue damage during the attack
Hummel enjoyed vacation at the Marriott resort in Mexico Puerto Vallarta
A GoFundMe page has been launched to help Hummel pay for her surgery and recovery
She continued to fight the crocodile when a group of humans came to her aid and freed her from the reptile’s grip.
“Honestly, I’ll never forget when the crocodile’s head surfaced,” said Sarah Laney, who is from St. Louis and witnessed the attack. “It was definitely one of the craziest, scariest things I’ve ever experienced.”
Hummel’s mother, Ariana Martinez, learned of the attack on Facetime from her home in Marin County. She boarded the next flight from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta.
“I’m on the phone with her, she’s yelling, ‘Get me an ambulance, get me an ambulance to the hospital,'” Martinez recalled of her daughter. “It took them forever.”
An ambulance arrived about 45 minutes after the incident, Laney said. Martinez told ABC 30 that the hospital demanded she pay thousands of dollars before administering the treatment.
Doctors say Hummel will undergo surgery this week in California to repair extensive muscle and tissue damage.
Hummel, her mother and Laney believe the hotel has not done enough to warn guests that there could be a crocodile in the ocean. They said they had not received a verbal warning and that they only heard of a warning sign after the attack. They say it’s small, mostly in Spanish and not lit at night.
But Marriott spokesman Kerstin Sachl confirmed the crocodile attack, saying: “The safety and security of our guests and employees is our top priority, and we can confirm that proper signage, as well as night patrols and red flags were and are in place. ‘
She added that the resort will review its safety procedures and encouraged guests to remain vigilant for warning signs on the beach.
Laney’s friend wrote a review on Trip Advisor criticizing the hotel for its lack of warnings.
“I understand you don’t want to ‘scare’ guests, but the next day there should have been large YELLOW signs warning of the attack… my group is TRAUMATIZED by this experience,” she wrote.
Eliam Estrada, a friend of Hummel, started a begon GoFundMe page looking for $10,000 to help her pay for her hospital bills and recovery.
“This amazing and powerful woman managed to fight for her life and fight against this wild animal because it was attached to her lower legs and was also dragged into the ocean!!” Estrada wrote.