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Alligator bites off landscaper's arm

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by blue_steel2, Jul 23, 2004.

  1. blue_steel2

    blue_steel2 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 19

    LCOs in Florida deserve hazardous duty pay....

    Alligator bites off Florida woman's arm
    Thursday, July 22, 2004 Posted: 9:07 AM EDT (1307 GMT)

    SANIBEL, Florida (AP) -- A 12-foot alligator attacked a landscaper Wednesday behind an island home, dragging her into a pond before a neighbor and police officers yanked the woman from the animal's jaws.

    "It was kind of a tug-of-war," said the neighbor, Jim Anholt.

    Part of Janie Melsek's right arm had to be amputated later during six hours of surgery. She also was severely bitten on her buttocks and thighs, but doctors believe she will walk again, her family said. She remained in critical condition.

    Melsek, 54, was trimming a tree when the alligator attacked. "The lady was in the pond and the alligator had hold of her and just her face was showing," Anholt told The News-Press of Fort Myers.

    He rushed to help, holding Melsek's neck to help keep her head above water, and three Sanibel police officers tried to get her out of the water.

    Rescuers struggled for about five minutes to pull her from the pond. When she came free, medical workers began treating her on the shore.

    Police shot the alligator in the head, killing it. It took six men to lift the 12-foot, 3-inch animal to shore.

    The body was being sent to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which will perform a necropsy.
  2. grasssin

    grasssin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    That is why I dont live in Florida.

    One of my buddies is from Orlando and last 4th of july we went down there with my two month old lab. While my lab was playing in the water in the lake behind his house, I looked up and saw a "log" swimming slowly towards me dog. And that is the lake we skied in too.
  3. Planet Landscaping

    Planet Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    Very good looking lady too.
  4. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    she died.

    GEO :(
  5. barringtonbrothers

    barringtonbrothers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    Thats really sad
  6. rbeitz

    rbeitz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

  7. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,267

    Thats a very said story I wish her family the best.

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