9-foot alligator attacks cyclist Robert Bassett in Florida.

Robert Bassett,

STUART, Fla. –  A cyclist was critically injured in a bizarre alligator attack in Florida, which began when he fell off his bike and landed in a creek close to an unwitting gator.

At before 11 a.m. Monday, Robert Bassett, of Palm City, was cycling through Halpatiokee Regional Park in Stuart, located in the 8300 block of Southwest Lost River Road. His tire popped, and he was flung from his bike.

Bassett went about six feet down an embankment before colliding with the 8-foot alligator in the water, according to deputies. Bassett’s right back thigh and torso were gripped between the teeth of the startled reptile.

The incident was witnessed by Scott Lorraine of the Treasure Coast’s Airborne Mountain Bike Club.

He stated, “[Bassett] ran directly into the water, and, as bad luck would have it, the gator was right there.”

After the rescue, Lorraine stated that he spoke with Barrett.

“Three spins, he said [the alligator] took him down.”

Charlie Shannon of Palm City said he saw Bassett in the water while walking his dog in the park. He claimed that he and others assisted in the rescue of Bassett, who had managed to elude the gator’s hold.

Shannon explained, “He was saying, ‘Help me get out of the water.'” “He was really far down, but with the help of this young man who was holding me, I was able to go down there. I was able to pull him out of the water on my own.”

Bassett “had a bunch of marks all over his leg, but primarily in the upper thigh,” according to Shannon.

Shannon claimed he applied a tourniquet using his dog’s leash.

Bassett was driven approximately a mile by Martin County first responders to a waiting aircraft, which took him to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce. As of Monday evening, he was in critical condition.

The alligator was a female who may have been defending a nest, according to John Davidson, the trapper who removed it from the park.

“When I arrived, she was sitting 10 feet off the bank,” Davidson said on Monday. “That leads me to believe she was a female, and she was sitting on a nest nearby. So, if we can, we’ll try to save the babies.”

Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking into the matter.

While walking her dog, a Florida woman was attacked by 8-foot alligator.


PALM HARBOR, Fla. –  After being attacked by an alligator, a Florida woman is healing from her injuries.

The 43-year-old lady was walking her dog near a pond in Pinellas County when she was bitten by the gator, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

When the roughly 8-foot gator lunged out of the water and attempted to attack the woman’s dog, she was walking near the water’s edge. The woman managed to save the reptile, but she stumbled and the creature grabbed her leg.

The woman was brought to the hospital with critical injuries to her right leg.

The breeding season for gators begins in May and lasts until July. Everyone should be cautious while strolling near water or when gators are most active.

10-foot alligator attacked Florida woman while trimming trees

Officials said a woman was attacked by a 10-foot alligator Thursday morning while trimming trees near a lake in Florida.

10-foot alligator

According to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release, a 27-year-old woman had been working near the water in North Fort Myers when the 10-foot alligator attacked her.

The fish and wildlife agency contracted a nuisance alligator trapper to capture the animal and remove it from the area. Rescue workers transported the woman to a Fort Myers hospital, where she was treated for injuries to both legs, officials said. She is in stable condition now. Officials said serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida.

Florida alligator bite statistics date back to 1948, ranging around three major bites per year. The chance of someone being attacked is one in 3.2 million. The worst years for fatalities were 2001 and 2006, with three people dying each of those years from Florida alligator attacks. And there have only been 23 fatalities between 1948 and 2016.  There have even been stretches during which no fatal attacks by alligators occurred in Florida. Florida has capitalized on alligators as part of the state’s identity, pulling them into the spotlight far more often than they would be on their own.

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