‘Nuisance’ alligator bites screaming swimmer on the face in savage river attack

A rare alligator attack left a man desperate for emergency treatment after biting him in the face.

Juan Carlos La Verde was calmly enjoying a pleasant swim in a lake in Florida, US, when he terrifyingly found part of his head in the razor sharp jaws of a predator.

A witness claims to have heard Juan scream before climbing to dry land with a "big gash" across his face.

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The 34-year-old's injuries have not been specified to the press but Hillsborough County Fire Rescue rushed him from the incident at Lake Thonotosassa to Tampa General Hospital for treatment.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) revealed Juan was bitten in the water last Wednesday, prompting a trapper to be deployed and capture the beast responsible.

A witness told Fox 13: "I just heard a scream and I looked up, and I didn't see anything.

"I didn't know what had happened. I thought maybe he hit a rock or maybe there was something that spooked him."

They continued to say that Juan grabbed his towel and wrapped it around his face before the emergency services came to take him for treatment.

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The FWC has said that an investigation into what has been dubbed a "nuisance alligator", has been launched.

Incidents of alligators taking aggressive swipes at humans are relatively rare in Florida with the 442 unprovoked bites recorded between 1948 and last year.

Only 26 times has a victim died of their injuries from the attack but sadly a man was killed by the species further up America's eastern coastline, earlier this year.

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A monster 11ft alligator grabbed and killed a man who was reportedly cutting the grass around the pond it was hiding in.

Emergency services were initially called to a water incident at Myrtle Beach Golf and Yacht Club in South Carolina at around 11.45am on June 24.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources confirmed its alligator removal service euthanised the beast at the scene of the deadly incident.


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