Woman, 25, is attacked by a SEA LION while swimming in Australia and forced to undergo surgery on her leg
- Elena Precillia was attacked while swimming underwater in Western Australia
- She said she was “in a panic” and had trouble breathing after the creature had drawn blood
- The sea lion attack left her in need of surgery and was faced with £ 2,000 medical bill
A young woman was left behind who needed surgery and more than 20 stitches after being attacked by a sea lion while swimming in Australia.
Elena Precillia swam under water with a whole series of sea lions when one of them jumped to the bottom of her leg.
The attack left her with stitches, an antibiotic cure and a medical bill of more than £ 2,000.
The 25-year-old pastry chef said she was “panicking” and had trouble breathing after being bitten before her friend Mauro Signoretti brought her to safety.
Elena Precillia swims underwater with sea lions in Australia – before she was bitten by one of the creatures and left with a £ 2,000 medical bill
The 25-year-old suffered from this wound on her leg after being bitten under water in Australia
Elena at the hospital where doctors prescribed antibiotics for fear of infections caused by sea lion bacteria
Elena said the locals told her that the sea lions were friendly and that many tourists were swimming at the spot in Geraldton, Western Australia.
She decided to explore with her friend Mauro, but on her third trip to Seal Rocks she was bitten by one of the creatures.
Fearing infection by sea lion bacteria, doctors prescribed an antibiotic cure that attacked her medical bills.
Cleaning her leg required surgery and Elena will have to return to the hospital in 10 days for further checks.
She described the attack and said: “All of a sudden I only saw a sea lion in front of me and when I turned my back, he bit me.
“It was on the back of my right leg and I immediately saw that he had taken blood.
“The pain was shocking – I couldn’t really feel thanks to the adrenaline, but I couldn’t swim to get out of the water.
“I was panicking, unable to breathe properly, and was terrified because there were still four or five sea lions around us.
“My friend, Mauro had to take me back to the coast while I panicked.”
Elena Precillia swimming under water in what she said had been a ‘great experience’ with the sea lions ‘dancing’ around her before she was bitten
The 25-year-old pastry chef swimming off the coast of Western Australia, where she said the locals had told her that the sea lions were “friendly”
The pastry chef said she was “panicking” and had trouble breathing after being bitten before her friend Mauro Signoretti brought her to safety
Elena said swimming with the sea lions had been a “great experience” until she was bitten because the creatures “liked to dance, play and jump out of the water with us.”
The locals had told her that the sea lions were “friendly” and that “many.” [tourists] went there without a guide or something, “she said.
She added: “We had to jump to the rocks where the sea lions left or swim all the way back – but after the attack, swimming seemed safer so that’s what we did.
“I couldn’t swim at all, so Mauro had to swim two.
“In the end I needed more than 20 stitches and had to go back to the hospital in ten days to see what to do next.
“I will certainly never go back to swim with sea lions and I will never recommend anyone to do it.
“They are still wild animals, and in such close proximity we never know what can happen.”
One of the sea lions that live in colonies on rocks and sandy shores, but move under water to eat and cool down, according to nature experts
Elena in the hospital with her friend Mauro Signoretti who had to bring her to safety after she was bitten
Fearing infection by sea lion bacteria, doctors prescribed an antibiotic cure that attacked her medical bills