St. Pete woman attacked by large alligator after falling into canal

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission deputies are currently searching for the gator.

click to enlarge Not the alligator, but a gator nonetheless. - Photo via Adobe Images
Photo via Adobe Images
Not the alligator, but a gator nonetheless.

Authorities say an unsheltered woman in her late ‘50s is recovering after she was attacked by a large alligator this morning in St. Petersburg.

According to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, the woman fell asleep on a seawall and fell into a canal, where she was then attacked by a “large alligator.” 

The incident occurred at around  6 a.m. in the 1800 block of 4th Street South.

“The patient had severe injuries to her arms and had to be a trauma alerted to Bayfront Health where she is in stable condition,” says SPFR. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission deputies are currently searching for the gator. 

Though they're found in every county, it should noted that alligator attacks are extremely rare in Florida. 

According to data from the FWC, last year there were a total of 12 alligator attacks, and the likelihood of someone being seriously injured from an unprovoked alligator incident is about one in 3.1 million.

This is a developing story.

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Colin Wolf

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