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A Florida bicyclist was ‘severely bitten’ by an alligator, but broke free and crawled to safety, police say

Summary List PlacementA bicyclist was "severely bitten" by a 9-foot-long alligator in Florida after he crashed and plunged into a body of water, authorities said.  The man was riding his bike on a trail at Halpatiokee Park in the city of Stuart at around 11 a.m. Monday when he lost control and fell into the water about six feet down an embankment, the Martin County Sheriff's Office said.  That's the moment when the female gator attacked the cyclist, grabbing hold of him and "severely injuring" him, said the sheriff's office.  The victim managed to break free from the animal's grip and crawled...

Florida officials trap an alligator after it attacked a bicyclist Monday.

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A bicyclist was “severely bitten” by a 9-foot-long alligator in Florida after he crashed and plunged into a body of water, authorities said. 

The man was riding his bike on a trail at Halpatiokee Park in the city of Stuart at around 11 a.m. Monday when he lost control and fell into the water about six feet down an embankment, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. 

That’s the moment when the female gator attacked the cyclist, grabbing hold of him and “severely injuring” him, said the sheriff’s office. 

Rescue crews on a field in front of a helicopter after a bicyclist was attacked by an alligator in Florida.

The victim managed to break free from the animal’s grip and crawled away to an area where he was then helped by a bystander, according to authorities. 

Firefighters, police, and wildlife officials responded to the scene, aided to the wounded man, and then drove the victim more than a mile to a park area where a medical helicopter crew was waiting. 

The alligator that attacked the man was captured by a trapper shortly after the incident, authorities said.

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