Spring Break Bite

Student's holiday is cut short after a fish attack

Outdoor Life Online Editor

The usual spring break ruckus of guzzling beer, sunbathing and partying all night came to an abrupt halt for one Indiana University of Pennsylvania student. He was marauded by a barracuda while swimming in the waters off of Cancun, Mexico.

His injuries required eight hours of surgery to repair. The fish had latched onto his foot and shredded the meat to the bone. According to the victim's mother, there wasn't any skin left on the top and bottom of his foot. All of it was reconstructed in the operating room.

Much to the surprise of the family, the Mexican hospital demanded an upfront payment of $15,000 before agreeing to help the young man.