A man in Florida lost an arm after being attacked by an alligator outside a local watering hole.
The victim, a 23-year-old man, was attacked early Sunday morning at a pond behind Banditos Bar in Port Charlotte, FL … according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
It sounds the like the incident could have been a lot worse … because a bar patron told local news outlet The Daily Sun he heard a man screaming in the darkness and rushed outside to look for him near the pond area, helping him to safety.
GATOR CAUGHT 🐊 Trappers captured a 10’5 alligator near a pond behind Banditos Bar in Port Charlotte Sunday afternoon.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said its the same gator that attacked a 23-year-old man around 1:45am Sunday. pic.twitter.com/kBZJN3i5W2
— Amy Galo (@amygalo_) May 21, 2023
The Good Samaritan, local resident Manny Hidalgo, told the outlet … “He was yelling and swimming toward the shoreline. I ran and dragged him up onto the sand. I was scared to get close to the water because it was dark out.”
Florida officials say the victim suffered “significant injuries” in the attack … and the Associated Press reports the man was airlifted to a hospital in Fort Myers, where his arm was amputated.
Wildlife officials say a nuisance alligator trapper was called and removed the 10.5-foot gator from the property .. the gator was then “humanely killed.”
Gators are known to attack in the sunshine state, where they are a dime a dozen. As we reported, an alligator at a retirement community in Fort Pierce killed an 85-year-old woman in February as she was walking her dog by the water’s edge.
A toddler was also killed under similar circumstances in 2016 at Disney World.