Gator Attacked Man On Sanibel
We all know living in SWFL that there are alligators lurking anywhere there is water and a gator attacked a man on Sanibel.
It’s a sunny day on Sanibel Island, and you’re going for a walk enjoying the outdoors. As you walk, you notice a sign that reads “Beware of Alligators.” You shrug it off – after all, you’re in SWFL, you see these signs all the time. What could possibly happen?
Unfortunately one man found out the hard way.
According to the City of Sanibel, a man was bitten on the arm while washing his hands in a pond on Periwinkle Way. He was able to shake the gator off and call 911. Thankfully there were other people at the scene that were able to help. They applied a tourniquet to the injury on his arm until EMS workers got there. The man was transported to the hospital and his condition is not known at this time.
Florida Fish and Wildlife along with the Florida State trapper were able to capture the gator and it was a big one. At 9 feet 2 inches, they were successfully able to remove the gator from the pond.
Have there been other gator attacks this year?
You hear about gator attacks, but not as often with adults as much as you do young kids or pets. There have been, however, several alligator attacks this year across the country that have severely injured or even killed people.
In August, an 88-year-old woman was killed in a gator attack in South Carolina. Another elderly lady was killed in July by two gators after falling into a pond at a golf course. In Largo, a man was also killed by a gator after looking for Frisbees in a lake.
In Florida, you have to assume anytime you see a body of fresh water, that there could be gators in there. It’s important to be aware of the potential danger that alligators pose. Remember to always be on the lookout, and if you do see one, avoid it at all costs.
SOURCE: ABC News