According to sheriff’s officials, an 88-year-old woman from South Carolina died after being attacked by an alligator.
On Monday, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency services responded to an alligator attack in Sun City. They claim they got a call around 11:15 a.m. about a giant alligator protecting what they thought was a person at the edge of a pond in the community.
WTOC says that emergency personnel arrived and discovered the alligator as well as a deceased victim.
The woman has been identified as 88-year-old Nancy A. Becker of Sun City, according to the sheriff’s office and the South Carolina Department of Resources. Officials suspect she was gardening near the pond when she fell into it.
According to officials, the alligator was removed from the pond and euthanized.
As a result of the huge police, EMS, and fire truck presence at the scene, word of the attack circulated fast around the community. Others reported they received sheriff’s office warnings indicating there had been a fatal attack.
According to a sheriff’s deputy, there are around 200 lagoons and ponds in the Sun City community, with the presumption that alligators live in the majority of those bodies of water.
Several people said they are acutely aware of the continual threat and keep a look out for alligators.
“Oh, they’re really quick on land, anywhere from 15 to 30 miles per hour, and they can climb,” Marvin Margolies explained.
“You must exercise extreme caution when walking your dogs. “You wouldn’t let your pets outside at night,” Alan Rosenthal explained.
The event is being investigated by the Department of Resources and the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office.