INJURED – 31 January 2011 – Cancun, Mexico – swimmer attacked
Nicole Moore, 38 (also referred to as Nicole Ross & Nicole Ruth – depending on which media you read) lost an arm (according to some reports) and suffered serious injuries to her left leg after being attacked by a shark while swimming just off the beach in Cancun. The incident happened on Monday 31 January 2011.
The Times Colonist reports that she was attacked while she was swimming just 15 metres from the shore.
She was taken to Hospiten, a private Cancun hospital, where she underwent surgery. A doctor there said her injuries were not life-threatening.
In an interview with CKLW radio in Windor, Canada (Moore is from Canada) she was quoted as saying:
“As soon as it bit, I knew what it was.”
“It got my arm. And when he or she — whatever it was — got hold of my arm, it bit down pretty good and she was trying to pull me under.”
She said she heard alerts from a lifeguard as other swimmers left the water but did not understand his Spanish warnings.
“I just felt this first bump and then this bite. It bit me right on the upper thigh of the left leg.”
She said she tried to move toward the shoreline, but it continued to attack. “With my [free] hand, I just grabbed hold of its nose and just reached my arm out away from it and started running.”
The reports on whether her arm was severed or amputated are not clear. And as some reports do not mention this at all, it may not be the case that she did lose her arm.