Neighbor saves Okatie woman attacked by alligator

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Updated: Jul. 5, 2020 at 8:27 PM EDT
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OKATIE, S.C. (WTOC) - An Okatie woman is lucky to be alive after she was attacked by an alligator on Sunday afternoon.

A spokesperson with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources reports that a 75-year-old woman was doing some gardening by the edge of her gated community’s pond when a 10-foot alligator bit her leg and pulled her underwater.

A passing neighbor stopped to help. The neighbor was unaware that the gator had latched onto her leg. When he attempted to pull her by the waist, the gator pulled back, taking both of them underwater.

The alligator let the woman go, and the neighbor was able to pull her out of the water. The woman has several breaks and lacerations on her leg. She’s currently receiving treatment at a hospital in Savannah.

The family told DNR that she remains in “good spirits, despite what happened.” Witnesses say that alligators tend to frequent that pond.

SCDNR spokesperson David Lucas warns that “They’re wild animals and unpredictable. You just don’t want to be that close to the edge of a body of water.”

“It’s the first that I know of. I’ve been here for more than 12 years and for those that I’ve asked from before, this is the first incident of any kind, even to a person an animal or anything,” Jeff Spencer said.

Spencer is the general manager of the gated community on Callawassie Island. He said he has spoken to the victim’s son and although she is in the hospital, she seems to be doing well.

“She’s lived in the house for a long time, and so it’s not totally clear what made this different,” Spencer said.

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