Officials: man seriously injured in Florida alligator attack – 660 NEWS

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Last updated on July 19, 2021 at 4:14 p.m. MDT

STUART, Fla. (AP) – An alligator attacked and seriously injured a man in a Florida park on Monday, officials said.

The attack occurred shortly before noon at Halpatiokee Regional Park in Stuart, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. Facebook Publish.

The man was riding a bicycle when he lost control and fell from an embankment into a body of water, officials said. The 9-foot (3-meter) alligator grabbed the man, but he eventually managed to free himself. Authorities said the man crawled away and was assisted by a passer-by.

Rescuers secured the area and drove the man over a mile (1.6 km) to meet a medical helicopter, officials said. A professional trapper was called in to capture the alligator.

State wildlife officers were investigating the attack.

The Associated Press

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