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A good Samaritan used a dog leash as a tourniquet to help stop the bleeding of a bicyclist who was attacked by an alligator at a park in Stuart, Florida, on Monday, according to a report.
The unidentified victim was riding his bike on a trail at Halpatiokee Regional Park around 11 a.m. when he lost control and fell into a body of water near the alligator. The victim was able to break free, but not before the roughly 9-foot-long female gator attacked and severely injured him, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.
The article goes on to state the following:
Charlie Shannon said he was walking with his dog at the park when he came across the victim and was able to “muscle him out of the water,” Tequesta’s WPBF reported.
Shannon explained that after pulling the victim out, he used his dog’s leash as a tourniquet to control the bleeding from a serious wound in the man’s leg.
Man seriously injured after being bit by an alligator at Halpatiokee Park in Stuart. Victim fell off of his bike and said he was attacked. First responders on are the scene now. pic.twitter.com/41d07hpZIT
— MartinCountySheriff (@MartinFLSheriff) July 19, 2021
In a Facebook post, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office wrote:
A bicyclist suffered serious injuries after being severely bitten by a large alligator while on trail ride.
The man was riding his bike on a trail at Halpatiokee Park in Stuart around 11:00am, when he lost control of his bike and fell into a body of water about six feet down an embankment. The female gator, which measured about 9-feet, grabbed ahold of the man severely injuring him. The cyclist was able to break free then crawl to an area where he was assisted by a bystander.
Martin County Fire Rescue, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers rendered aid and secured the scene, then drove the bite victim more than a mile to the park area, where a medical helicopter crew was awaiting. Trapper John Davidson was able to locate and trap the gator shortly after the incident. FWC Officers are in charge of the investigation.
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