A lot of people talk about being in the right place at the right time, but there are certainly cases of the opposite. This seems to be one of them.
On Monday, Robert Bassett of Palm City was cycling the trails in Halpatiokee Regional Park in Stuart, Florida, a 500-acre reserve with lots of bike trails and plenty of warning signs.
Those signs relate to a local feature reflected in the park’s name, which in Seminole means “Crocodile Water”.
According to mountain bike enthusiast Scott Lorraine, Bassett lost control when he turned a corner, landing right on top of a large woman. crocodile who responded by biting him and eventually falling into the stream below the road, severely injured.
This time of year is when crocodiles often perch on the nest and look for prey. The 8-foot-6-inch female alligator was likely guarding a nest, and it treated Bassett like the intruder he appeared, biting him and spinning around.
Thankfully Charles Shannon was nearby, walking dog, when he discovered the struggle and came to the aid of the poor man.
“He was saying, ‘Get me out of the water,'” Shannon said. WPEC-TV. “He was quite far away, so I was able to get down there with the help of this young man who held me back. I was able to pull him out of the water.”
Shannon added: “He was hanging from roots like five feet below. WPTV-TV. “It’s hard to get him out.”
Shannon used his dog’s leash to form a makeshift tourniquet and credited another bystander, a nurse from Germany, for helping until first responders showed up.
Bassett suffered severe injuries to his right thigh and torso and remains in a serious condition at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, but without Shannon’s help he could have died in the water.
Lorraine said that although Bassett experienced a strange accident, it was a “lucky thing” that someone was nearby to help.
Lorraine said: “Unlucky until lucky to have someone there. “He said it knocked him down, three spins he admitted it too, he said ‘I’m dead,’ because that thing had him, grabbed his leg immediately. You can see how big the gator is.”
“We put the barricades there because we knew it was very close to the water,” he continued. “We actually had it there in case someone got in and they could pull themselves out, but he didn’t get the chance to do that. It’s totally weird, to me it’s as weird as a bolt of lightning.”
After Bassett attended, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had to figure out what to do with the alligator. They contracted trapper John Davidson to capture her.
Davidson said The Palm Beach Post that the alligator would be moved to a farm near Fort Drum.
“She was sitting 10 feet from the bank when I showed up,” Davidson said, according to WPTV. “That led me to believe she was a female and was sitting on a nest somewhere nearby. So we will try to rescue the babies if we can.”
A man said he was attacked by an alligator, pictured left, after falling off his bike in Florida.
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“It is really beautiful here. People are climbing and walking and you are in nature. Especially this time of year, you just have to be aware of what’s around you.”
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