Sunday, April 27, 2008

Gator Update (Diving for Balls Edition)

Alligator attack at Tampa golf course - Most Popular News - Tampa Bays Local News: "Tampa, Florida -- Around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 62 year old Dwight Monreal was diving for golf balls near the 13th hole at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club when he was attacked by a 10-12 foot alligator.

The alligator grabbed Monreal by his left arm and attempted to drag him under the water. Monreal was able to escape, but wasn't able to escape injury. He dislocated his left shoulder and has several puncture wounds to his left arm.

Witnesses say he was wearing two wetsuits and that saved him from more serious injuries. He was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital."

Update:
"On Saturday night, about four hours after the 4:30 p.m. attack, state-licensed trapper Julie Harter captured a nearly 8-foot alligator she believes was the one that attacked Monreal because it was in the same place the attack took place, about 50 feet from shore."

The update is highly recommended as a much more detailed account of the entire event.

2 comments:

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Serves him right for being too cheap to buy his own golf balls.

Brent McKee said...

As my cousin will tell you there's a huge market for slightly used golf balls. Of course around here we don't stock the water hazards with alligators to keep people like my cousin from taking them off the courses.