An alligator attacked a man washing his hands in a pond on Sanibel Island.
The man was able to free himself and call 911, but suffered serious injuries to his right wrist, according to a statement from the city of Sanibel.
During the emergency on Thursday, before paramedics arrived, bystanders made a makeshift tourniquet out of orange rope, applied a commercial-grade tourniquet, and took the man to the hospital.
“The gentleman was sitting there with a makeshift tourniquet on, which is one of the things that saved his life from bleeding out,” Sanibel Fire and Rescue District Medical Director Dr. Benjamin Abo told WSVN.
He said, “Despite the twisted bite, he will recover and his hand will be saved.”
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials along with Florida state trappers searched the area in an attempt to capture the alligator. They were able to lure the animal to come closer to the meat and eventually subdued it. The animal will be euthanized.
Sanibel Fire Division Chief Tim Barrett told Fox 4 that the alligator was 8 to 10 feet long and the man had lost a lot of blood.
According to Sanibel Captiva Guides, the attack occurred in a pond near 2477 Periwinkle Way, a wooded area along Franny’s Preserve, a wooded area with hiking trails and a few blocks south of the JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, where alligators are often seen. Let’s go