A man was seriously injured after being attacked by an alligator while cycling in Florida.
The victim was cycling along a nature trail in Halpatiokee Regional Park in Stuart, north of Palm Beach, when he lost control and fell from an embankment into the water, the office said. Martin County Sheriff on his Facebook page.
The female alligator, which was about 9 feet long (2.7 meters), grabbed the man and bit him badly, but he eventually managed to free himself and crawl to an area where he been helped by a passerby.
Charlie Shannon, who was walking his dog at the time of the attack on Monday morning, said the victim “had marks all over his leg, but it was mostly the top of his thigh.”
“He was five feet below me and it was difficult to get him out,” he told WPTV.
Mr Shannon used his dog leash as a makeshift tourniquet as he and others lifted the man, he said.
The victim was “an accomplished cyclist,” said Scott Lorraine of the Airborne Mountain Bike Club, and he lost a tire in a turn.
Mr Lorraine told WPTV the man said the reptile “knocked him down – three rounds. He thought he was going.”
Rescuers secured the area and drove the victim over a mile (1.6 km) to a medical helicopter, which transported him to hospital.
John Davidson, a professional trapper was called in to capture the animal. He said it was the third alligator interaction he saw that day.
State wildlife officers were investigating the attack and the alligator is now transferred to a farm.