Tourist bitten by shark in Bahamas, flown to South Fla. hospital

Woman, 34, arrives at hospital with large bite wound

By Neki Mohan - Anchor/Reporter

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - A 34-year-old tourist from Dallas was bitten by a shark while swimming off Tahiti Beach on Abaco Island in the Bahamas.

Lacy Webb Martin and her husband were swimming in about eight feet of water during their annual trip to the Bahamas when she said she was bitten by a shark.

"She was so calm that I thought she was kidding," Britt Martin told Local 10 News. "So I swam over there and she pulled herself up on the boat and she was missing half her back."

The bite was so severe that Lacy Webb Martin fainted as she was being pulled back on the boat.

"We pulled her up on the boat and just wrapped her in a tourniquet with towels and, luckily, there was a doctor on one of the other boats from New York and she came over and they radioed the medics," Britt Martin said.

Lacy Webb Martin was flown via Trinity Air Ambulance International to South Florida, where she arrived Tuesday night. She was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.

Her husband said she remained calm the whole time.

"The doctor said that's what kept her alive," he said.

Lacy Webb Martin will remain at the hospital for at least three weeks. She'll then return to Dallas to undergo extensive cosmetic surgery.

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