Investigators said the 37-year-old woman felt something grab her and pull her under water. Moments later, that’s when investigators said she felt her arm get ripped off.
Witness Debra Morris said she was swimming in the river when she saw a woman swim past her into a secluded spot in the river. A spot known for having a lot of alligators.
“She was just swimming. Next thing you know, we heard the people come up and say, ‘Get a boat. Call 911 because someone has been bit by a gator,'” Morris
said. “Her right arm was bit up to here… It was gone. She had nothing. Like completely gone.”
Nearby canoeists heard screaming and realized that the gator was attacking the woman. One started hitting the alligator with a paddle, and the gator then bit the woman in her midsection, the witnesses said.
The canoeists were able to get the woman to shore and called 911.
“You just saw some blood and some bone. There wasn’t anything else there,” said Richard Ward, who witnessed the scene from the shore.
The alligator was estimated to be at least 10 to 12 feet long.