Pelican Hits Woman In Face As She Swims In Gulf of Mexico

July 11, 2008

A 50-year old woman from Ohio is recovering after a pelican took a nose dive and slammed into her face while she was swimming off of a beach in Florida.Orlando (ChattahBox) – A 50-year old woman from Ohio is recovering after a pelican took a nose dive and slammed into her face while she was swimming off of a beach in Florida.

Debbie Shoemaker of Toledo, Ohio was swimming on Thursday at a beach near St. Petersburg, Florida.

She was enjoying a swim in the Gulf of Mexico when a pelican took a nose dive, slamming directly into her face.

The pelican ripped through her cheek, requiring 25 stitches. The pelican died due to the impact.

Shoemaker returned home back to Ohio on Friday.

It is believed that this is the first time this type of incident has been reported.


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