A Missouri couple vacationing in Daytona Beach got a little closer to Florida’s wildlife than they had planned Tuesday when a gator jumped into their tour boat.
Emerald Hindery said she and her husband, Tylor, were on an airboat ride when they happened upon the alligator sitting on a muddy river bank, she said.
They floated near it for about three minutes, she said, before a gust of wind pushed the boat right up to the bank.
Tylor Hindery pulled out his cell phone and started live-streaming the gator on his Facebook page.
“You can reach out and slap him, can’t you?” the tour guide is heard in the video asking Tylor Hindery.
The guide told him not to make a sudden move and then a second later, the huge reptile jumps into the front of the boat.
“We couldn’t believe it was really happening, everyone was scrambling around and trying to get to the back,” Emerald Hindery said. “I stayed in my seat for a half second, then Tylor grabbed me and I somehow ended up in the driver’s seat.”
Tylor Hindery kept recording and captured the gator scurry across the boat. It struggled for a bit, trying to fit between two railings, before jumping into the water, the video shows.
There was another couple on the boat, along with the tour guide, but aside from a bruise on her arm, Emerald Hindery said no one was hurt.
The couple was in town for a real estate conference and said they weren’t expecting this much excitement on their trip. But they both would sign up for another boat tour.
“It happened too fast to be scary until after it was over,” she said.
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