Woman attacked by sea lion in Australia after it bit into her leg leaving her with £2,000 medical bill

A YOUNG woman was left with a £2,000 medical bill after she was bitten by an angry SEA LION.

Elena Precillia, 25, was swimming at Seals’ Rocks, in Geraldton, Western Australia, with a raft of sea lions when one lunged for the bottom of her leg.

 Elena was enjoying playing with the sea lions when one of the beasts bit her

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Elena was enjoying playing with the sea lions when one of the beasts bit herCredit: Caters News Agency
 The young chef was left needing 20 stitches

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The young chef was left needing 20 stitchesCredit: Caters News Agency
 The French tourist's pal Mauro had to rescue her from the sea following the attack

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The French tourist’s pal Mauro had to rescue her from the sea following the attackCredit: Caters News Agency

After being told by locals that the sea lions were friendly, Elena, a pastry chef from France, decided to explore with her friend Mauro Signoretti.

Yet as the travellers returned the next day for a third swim with the animals, Elena was savagely attacked by one of the beasts.

She was left needing an operation and was given 20 stitches and a course of antibiotics to prevent infection from the sea lion’s bacteria.

Elena, who is currently travelling through Western Australia, said: “All I saw was a sea lion in front of me and when I turned my back, he bit me.

“Locals had told us that the sea lions were friendly, and that many went there without a tour guide or anything like that.

“It was an amazing experience, as they liked to dance with us, playing and jumping out of the water.

Describing the attack, Elena said: “It was on the back of my right leg, and straight away I could see he had drawn blood.

“The pain was shock – I couldn’t really feel thanks to the adrenaline, but I couldn’t swim to get out of the water.

 Elena had been told by locals that the sea lions were friendly

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Elena had been told by locals that the sea lions were friendlyCredit: Caters News Agency
 The traveller was bitten on the leg by the animal

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The traveller was bitten on the leg by the animalCredit: Caters News Agency
 She has been left with a £2,000 medical bill

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She has been left with a £2,000 medical billCredit: Caters News Agency

“I was in panic, unable to breath well and was terrified as there were still four or five of the sea lions around us.

“My friend, Mauro had to get me back to shore as I was panicking.”

Elena’s friend Mauro had to swim out and rescue her  before she was rushed to the nearby Geraldton Regional Hospital.

The chef underwent an operation to clean her leg and make sure it dried well.

There was a high risk of infection due to the sea lion’s rare bacteria, and Elena had to spend roughly £2000, with the price set to continue rising.

Following the attack, Elena said: “I’ll definitely never go back to swim with sea lions and I will never recommend to someone to do it.

“They are still wild animals, and in such close proximity, we never know what can happen.”

 Elena has sworn to never swim with sea lions again

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Elena has sworn to never swim with sea lions againCredit: Caters News Agency

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