Scottish Suzanne Cassidy was sucked into the propeller blades of a speedboat that had just pulled her through the water on an inflatable donut ring.
The 26-year-old nurseryman only survived by clinging to the side of the boat and twisting her body as the razor-sharp blades slashed her leg.
Lucky escape: Suzanne Cassidy was sucked into the propellers of a pleasure boat in Ibiza. She said she was lucky to be alive
Friends saved her life by pulling her on board and helping her to hospital as she began to hemorrhage blood from a wound near her knee that required multiple stitches. She also suffered a badly broken leg.
She is recovering from an emergency operation at Can Misses Hospital in Ibiza Town.
His shin came out of his right leg in the accident and the broken bone had to be pinned.
Suzanne, from Glasgow, arrived in Ibiza just 11 weeks ago to start a summer job in a bar.
She said, “I’m just glad to be alive. I really thought I was going to die.
“I immediately understood the danger I was in when I felt my leg being sucked towards the propellers by the force of the engine.
“Somehow I found the strength in my upper body to twist and walk away from danger.
“My friends took me back to the boat and that’s when I saw the blood.
“I could feel the throbbing in my leg where it was broken, but I was running on adrenaline at the time and didn’t want to look at it, so I only found out the bone was sticking out of my leg afterwards. my arrival from the operation.
“It was a four and a half hour operation. Friends have asked me how many pins and stitches they put in my leg, but I just don’t know.
Accident: Suzanne was rescued by friends who pulled her aboard the boat in the resort town of San Antonio and quickly rushed her to hospital
The accident happened around 4 p.m. on Sunday in a pretty cove near the San Antonio resort called Cala Conta.
Suzanne had jumped into the water to swim to a larger boat anchored nearby after being dragged into the sea in an inflatable ring with friends.
She said: ‘We had gone out as part of a friend’s 30th birthday celebration with some other friends and my boss at the bar where I work.
“Five of us had just finished our turn in the ring and we were making a change with other friends who were waiting in the bigger boat so they could come out for their turn.
‘It all happened so fast. I don’t know if our boat moved or if I jumped overboard too close to the engine but I don’t remember hearing any warning.
“I was told that I would be hospitalized for another four or five days and that I would not be able to fly for a while.”
“I will probably be going back to Scotland at the end of September, when I had to fly anyway.
“The doctors told me that I would walk again without limping. And I love to dance, so in time I’ll be looking forward to dancing again.”
Local Civil Guard agents have launched an investigation into the incident.
The owners of the boat involved in the accident were not available for comment.
Suzanne, who works in Ibiza for the summer, was enjoying birthday parties on the island when the accident happened