Residents of the coastal town of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina are well accustomed to living with alligators around them, but on Friday, June 24, it went wrong for a local man who stayed near them.
The emergency services were notified of the incident at 11.45 local time, and moved out immediately to save the man.
When the fire brigade arrived at the scene, they ran out to the pond to free the man. Then, unfortunately, life could not be saved.
Immediately after the traumatic event, it was decided that the alligator should be killed in as gentle a manner as possible.
This was done immediately on the spot, according to NBC.
It is unknown what caused the attack, but according to the New York Times, the now deceased man had gone too close to the dam.
Avisa writes that the last time this happened in South Carolina was in 2020, but normally one death occurs on a national basis a year after alligator attacks.
This death was the second in less than a month. Previous attacks took place in Florida, towards the end of May.
The authorities have so far been reluctant to provide information about the incident. The police have not released the name or age of the deceased, but report that the case is under investigation.
– Our thoughts go out to the family of the deceased, and the local community that has been affected by this tragic event, the police write in a short statement to CNN.
– Part of our community
Jason Repak lives near the area where the alligator attack took place.
Just one month before the attack, he shared a photo on Twitter of three alligators who are said to have stayed near his home.
“I could never have imagined that one of these alligators would later kill a man,” he said in an interview with the New York Times, adding:
– We have always looked at the alligators as part of our community. Everyone treats them with respect, considering that they are part of the natural environment. Thus, you like to keep a good distance and admire them from there.