STUART, Florida — A man was seriously injured Monday when he was attacked by an alligator after falling off his bike and into a body of water at a park.
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office says the attack occurred at Halpatiokee Regional Park at about 11 a.m. The man was riding his bike on a trail when he lost control on a curve, falling about 6 feet down an embankment and into the water.
A female alligator about 9 feet long bit the man, according to the sheriff’s office, severely injuring him. The man was able to break free and crawl away before getting help from another person on the trail.
“He had a lot of marks all over his leg, but mainly in the upper thigh,” Charlie Shannon, who helped the victim, tells WPTV Channel 5. Shannon reportedly used his dog leash to make a tourniquet for the injured man.
“He was hanging on roots like 5 feet below,” Shannon said. “It was hard to get him out.”
Sheriff’s officials and Florida Fish and Wildlife officers had to transport the man more than a mile to an area where he could be flown to a hospital for treatment.
The alligator was captured and will be relocated, WPTV reports.
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