Man pulls 90-year-old woman from alligator's jaws
POSTED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 2:02pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 12, 2011 - 12:41pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A 90-year-old woman is recovering after a Good Samaritan saved her from an alligator attack on Wednesday.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says says Margaret Webb was in her front yard near Copeland when the alligator attacked her.
Dwain Daniels III was driving by, saw the attack and rushed out of his vehicle to help.
"He looked over saw the lady on the ground half in the water, wheeled around and jumped out of his truck to come to her aid. It appears he was able to pull her away from the gator," said Jayson Horadam, FWC Captain of Law Enforcement.
Daniels took a shot at the alligator and believes he hit it. He says the gator was seven or eight feet long. Webb's leg was nearly severed in the attack. She was taken by helicopter to Lee Memorial Hospital.
Hospital officials say her leg was amputated below the knee and she is in critical condition.
"Any alligator that shows aggression towards humans is a problem," said Corporal George Cahill, with the Collier County Sheriff's Office.
Since then a trapper with FWC has been on scene trying to capture the gator.
"We would like to find the gator before the day ends. Again if it hasn't been killed, it could be sitting on the bottom of the canal over here that's well over 14-feet deep and just as dark as can be," said the trapper.
On Wednesday night FWC officers were still patrolling along canal with flashlights.
If the alligator is dead, its body will likely float to the surface in a few days.
Here in Louisiana, nuisance alligator hunters are called out in cases like this to track down the animals and make sure they are no longer a threat to the public. NBC33’s Kelsey Scram went out on a call with a local hunter. Click here to see that report.