Teen Sacrifices Arm to Save Life in Gator Attack
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An alligator at least 10 feet long lunged at a teenager swimming in a river and bit off the boy's right arm below the elbow, state wildlife officials said Tuesday. (July 10)


[Notes:Ft. Myers, FL][Notes:POOL][SOT/:Kaleb Langdale / Alligator attack victim]("And I got maybe 30 yards from the bank and my friend Abraham yelled, "Gator!' and I was like, 'Why are you gonna mess with me like that ?' And I looked and there's a gator coming and he's like on a plane coming as fast as he could. I told them to get back. And when the gator was about this far from me, I take my left hand and grab the skin underneath him trying to control him and he just kept going, I was holding his head up and wrapped my legs around him. He just went and dove. I tried to hold him so he couldn't bite me but he done a death roll and knocked me off. So I took my foot and I kicked trying to gain so I could gain speed to go to the bank and when I was swimming to throwing my arms back and forth. This one he got it and he done another death roll and broke all the bones, everything in it. I just felt, 'it's gone.' He started pulling me down and I thought, 'I gotta lose this arm or I'm gonna die.' So I put, took my feet and put it in his mouth and I tried to jerk my arm to try to break free and it finally broke free for what I thought and I started swimming back. I felt like a little tug like a tendon or muscle or something was still attached to my arm in his mouth. I was almost to the bank when he took off under water again and pulled me down. I went and I tried to jerk it again and I finally got close enough to do one last snatch and I swam to the bank. My friends Gary, Matt and Abraham they' re still in the water and I was like, 'get out of the water, get on the trucks, ")(****END****) VIDEO PRODUCER: Angie--------------------------- VIDEO SOURCE: INTERVIEW POOL/VIDEO WINK-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: YES----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: NONE----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): NONE--------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: florida alligator arm