A HOLIDAYMAKER in Costa Blanca has been left with a partially severed tendon in her foot after being bitten by a fish on the same beach closed last month after two young children were hurt.
The 40-year-old Spaniard was injured at midday on Wednesday moments after her five-year-old son had taken a dip in the sea.
Doctors had to put a plaster cast on her leg up to the knee after she went to hospital and she spent the last day of her holiday on crutches.
The drama happened at El Rebollo beach in Elche near Alicante, one of three beaches closed in mid-July after a mystery fish bit two young children.
The youngsters, a seven-year-old and a 10-year-old, were hurt at nearby El Pinet beach but the red flag went up there as well as El Rebollo.
The latest incident has been blamed on a bluefish, with town hall officials today announcing they had captured the same type of fish at El Rebollo beach.
Officials also confirmed they had not stopped people going in the water after today’s incident but had hoisted the yellow flag recommending bathers use precaution.
The husband of the injured woman, who is from Valladolid in northern Spain but has not been named, told local paper Diario Informacion: “She suddenly felt great pain and the yell she let out frightened us all.
The skin on her foot had been torn and she was bleeding heavily. She said she felt like she’d been trapped in a snare.
“They didn’t operate on her but almost. A tendon in her foot was partially severed.
“If it had been my five-old-year son or another child instead of my wife, they would have lost part of their foot.”
In June three beaches were closed temporarily in the Costa Blanca holiday resort of Benidorm after seven people were stung by Portuguese Man O’War and two of the jellyfish-like creatures were spotted.
The first was found at Mal Pas beach, a little cove between the town’s main beaches, and the second was found at the popular Levante beach.
The stings the bathers suffered were said to have been “minor”, although five of the seven people were taken to hospital. It is not known if any were British or Irish.
Earlier that month a woman was left with excruciating marks all over her body after being stung by one of the creatures.
Naomi Mateos, 22, was swimming at Puntas de Calnegre beach in Lorca, when she became ‘paralysed’ by a sharp sting.
Bluefish are aggressive and have been known to inflict severe bites on fishermen.
They commonly range in size from seven-inch ‘snappers’ to much larger, sometimes weighing as much as 40lbs in exceptional cases.
Last month, Spanish officials closed three beaches popular with Brit tourists after a mystery fish bit two young kids
A seven-year-old boy near Elche was rushed to hospital with bite wounds to his foot, before a ten-year-old was nipped off the coast of Alicante.
Elche’s Arenales del Sol beach also made headlines in 2016 after a holidaymaker was attacked by a shark at the packed beach.
Swimmers were ordered out of the water after the attack as the 40-year-old victim was rushed to hospital in Elche on the southern Costa Blanca, Spain, where he was given stitches to a “large” hand wound.