After the infinity pool that a newlywed bride and her husband Jelizaveta and Gavin Jones were swimming in collapsed, she was left with blood “pouring from her skull.”
When the building gave way, Jelizaveta and Gavin Jones of Colindale, North London, were enjoying their opulent $11,000 Caribbean honeymoon when they were abruptly dragged out to sea.
At least 12 people were hurt when the walls of the five-star Sandals Royal Curaçao hotel’s two-level pool, which faces the ocean, fell while about 20 people were swimming in it.
Less than 24 hours into their trip, Mrs. Jones, 29, required sutures after the horrifying incident on Thursday.
While one woman was struck by a panel and rendered unconscious, other tourists who were washed up on the beach needed to be sent directly to the hospital.
The Evening Standard quoted Mrs. Jones, a sales professional also known as Elizabeth, as saying: “It was horrific, there was no warning.
“After being rinsed away, I stumbled to my feet while limping and bleeding horribly from both my head and leg. I relive it each time I close my eyes.
“I was unable to think or breathe. Everything happened pretty rapidly.
“The stream was too strong for me to swim up to the surface for some air. Nothing could be done by me.”
According to local media accounts, the local police suspect that one of the pool’s panels cracked because there were too many guests in it during a party.
The 44-year-old said: “I was stood with my back to the sea chatting to my wife when one of the panels in the middle of the pool just disappeared.
“The weight of the water took me, Elizabeth and a lot of other people and washed us about 30 yards down the beach.”
Mr Jones said he banged his head while Mrs Jones was left “dazed”.
He added: “Blood was pouring out of her head.
“She sustained cuts and had to have stitches.”
The groom said the company told him that “accidents do happen” while offering a credit note for a future stay.
A spokesman for Sandals Resorts International said: “Thankfully, there were only a small number of guests in the pool at the time.