More details have emerged on the Florida golfer attacked and dragged into a water hazard pond by an alligator earlier this month.
Albert Miller, 75, told Fox News that the 9-foot alligator dragged him waist-deep into the pond before bystanders rescued him from the saurian’s grip, and he feared the best-case outcome would be the loss of his leg to the predator.
Miller’s concern was valid.
In October 2009, 77-year-old James Wiencek lost an arm to an alligator at Fripp Island Resort in South Carolina.
While bending down near the 11th hole, which sat adjacent to a dark brackish pond, a 10-foot, 400-pound alligator suddenly appeared, clamped onto his right arm, and dragged him into the water. His arm, which was torn away at the elbow.
In September 2007, Bill Hedden, a 59-year-old snorkeler, lost his arm to a 12-foot gator at Lake Moultrie in South Carolina.
Officers from the state’s Department of Natural Resources shot the 550-pound reptile, cut it open, and removed Hedden’s arm from its stomach. They placed the limb in a picnic cooler and rushed it to the hospital, but doctors decided against attempting to reattach it.