Thursday, September 01, 2011

Alligator Bites Florida Woman

Leg Amputated After Gator Attack

COPELAND, FL. -- A 90-year old Collier County, Florida woman was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when an alligator apparently jumped out of a canal and grabbed the woman's leg, pulling her into a canal. She was rescued by a driver passing by this remote area between Everglades City and Immokalee. 

At about 2 p.m., Investigator Gregg Stastny with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission was dispatched to an alligator attack in Copeland, Florida at 25750 State Road 29.  According to the incident report, Margret Webb was on the water's edge of a canal along the front of her house when a 7' to 8' alligator grabbed her left leg.  

Dwain Daniels was driving by the scene at that time and observed the victim in the water.  Mr. Daniels pulled the victim out of water. During the escue, the alligator came back to the water's edge three more times according to the report.  The victim's son, James Webb arrived and both noticed her leg was damaged severely. 

Mr. Daniels took out a .22 magnum rifle and shot the alligator between the eyes when the alligator had come back onto the bank. After the alligator was shot it submerged and disappeared into the water.  

The victim was transported by Med Flight to Fort Myers Hospital Trauma Unit. The victims left leg was amputated from the knee down and she had received another bite on her right leg. She is currently in stable but critical condition.  

Officers were on scene to locate the alligator until midnight Wednesday and will be out again Thursday. If found alive the alligator will be killed, as standard procedure when an attack on a human is made.

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