Former ‘Baywatch’ star injured while searching for Noah’s Ark

Donna D'Errico sustains multiple cuts to her face during an archaeological expedition in Turkey

Former Baywatch star Donna D’Errico has injured her face while searching for Noah’s Ark in Turkey.

The 44-year-old actress, the ex-wife of Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, sustained her injuries while climbing Mount Ararat, a 16,854-foot extinct volcano located on Turkey’s border with Iran. According to the Book of Genesis, the “Mountains of Ararat” are where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the great flood.

D’Errico had planned the trip extensively and described the search as “a dream of mine since I was nine or 10”. Discussing the expedition last year (2011), she told AOL News: “I’ve been studying this for years and know where the sightings have been. According to my research, the ark lays broken into at least two, but most likely three, pieces. I believe that one of those pieces is in the uppermost Ahora Gorge area, an extremely dangerous area to climb and explore.”

However, photographs have now appeared on TMZ showing D’Errico sporting several cuts to her chin and left cheek. The photographs are believed to have been taken in Turkey, but it is not known how D’Errico sustained her injuries or whether she was successful in her quest to find the Ark.

D’Errico is best known for playing Donna Marco in 18 episodes of Baywatch and 34 episodes of sci-fi spin-off Baywatch Nights. She was Playboy‘s Playmate of the Month for September 1995 and had a small role in 2002’s Austin Powers In Goldmember. She divorced Nikki Sixx, her husband of nine years, in 2007.