A person has been severely injured after being attacked by an alligator whereas driving his bicycle in Florida.
The sufferer was biking alongside a nature path within the Halpatiokee Regional Park in Stuart, north of Palm Seashore, when he misplaced management and fell down an embankment into water, the Martin County Sheriff’s Workplace stated on its Fb web page.
The feminine alligator, which was about 9ft lengthy (2.7 metres), grabbed the person and severely bit him, however he ultimately managed to interrupt free and crawl to an space the place he was helped by a bystander.
Charlie Shannon, who was strolling his canine on the time of Monday morning’s assault, stated the sufferer “had marks throughout his leg, however it was largely his higher thigh”.
“He was 5 ft under me and it was exhausting to get him out,” he instructed WPTV.
Mr Shannon used his canine leash as a makeshift tourniquet as he and different individuals lifted the person out, he stated.
The sufferer was “an achieved rider”, stated Scott Lorraine of the Airborne Mountain Bike Membership, and he misplaced a tyre going spherical a bend.
Mr Lorraine instructed WPTV the person stated the reptile “took him down – three spins. He thought he was going”.
Rescue staff secured the world and drove the sufferer greater than a mile (1.6 km) to a medical helicopter, which flew him to hospital.
John Davidson, an expert trapper was known as to seize the animal. He stated it was the third alligator interplay he had attended that day.
State wildlife officers have been investigating the assault and the alligator is now being relocated to a farm.