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Sanibel Landscaper Loses Arm In Alligator Attack

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by simsy71, Jul 22, 2004.

  1. simsy71

    simsy71 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    Damn, I do not have to worry about anything like that here in MA.
  2. meathead1134

    meathead1134 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    Last time I checked their were no gators in Rehoboth, maybe I'll see some when I go on vacation in FL
  3. gvandora

    gvandora LawnSite Member
    Messages: 143

  4. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    Yah, that's why we make the "BIG BUCKS" down here! NOT!
  5. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    I caught that on the news this morning but, they didn't mention it was a landscaper. Boy that's too bad. Maybe there's some truth to that Stihl ad in all the rags.
  6. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,381

    Down here in the sunshine state we just mow around the gators. Just don't feed them and they won't bother people. The trouble begins when dumb azz tourists come down here and feed them. Then they lose their natural fear of humans. They learn to depend on humans for food and that's where the problems start. Don't feed the gators and the gators won't feed on you.
  7. shortgut

    shortgut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    SANIBEL, Fla. - A woman mauled by a 12-foot alligator died in surgery Friday, WBBH-TV reported.
    Janie Melsek, a landscaper, was attacked behind a home on Wednesday. The 54-year-old woman was dragged into a pond before a neighbor and police officers yanked her from the animal’s jaws.

    Part of Melsek’s right arm had to be amputated. She also was severely bitten on her buttocks and thighs. She was undergoing additional surgery Friday morning at Lee Memorial Hospital when she died.

    Melsek was trimming a tree when the alligator lunged at her and grabbed her arm. “The lady was in the pond and the alligator had hold of her and just her face was showing,” a neighbor, Jim Anholt, told The News-Press of Fort Myers.

    “It was kind of a tug-of-war,” said Anholt, who held Melsek’s neck to keep her head above water as three Sanibel police officers tried to get her out of the pond.

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

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

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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