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Alligator attacks man in Lake City

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Updated: 8/30/2013 6:14 pm
LAKE CITY, Fla.-- It's a  story straight out of a movie.

As the drill buzzed and men were hard at work, a predator lurked below.

We paddled out to the remote site where the attack happened, through the same gator-infested waters where Mike Tennant was attacked.

"He just got a surprised look on his face and started dragging backward. His look completely changed. He knew he had a gator on his leg and completely freaked out," witness Eric Knight said.

Knight was right next to Tennant when it happened.They were chest deep in water, building the end of a dock, when the 8-foot, 3-inch beast struck.

"When he jumped up in the canoe, you could see his leg basically hanging. It was bad," Knight continued.

Knight and his colleagues sprung into action. They tried to stop Tennant's bleeding and called an ambulance. Florida Fish and Wildlife officers also came out to take care of the gator.

"We have incidents where people have lost limbs tangling with gators. We really don't want anybody doing that. We don't want anyone trying to play Crocodile Dundee out there," Public Information Coordinator Karen Parker said.

The gator didn't go down without a fight. It was shot with a rifle, but managed to survive. It took a .45-caliber to finish the job.

Food for thought, for the worker who still has to go back out and finish the job.

"I'm sure there's another one waiting to fill his spot," Knight said.

The dock is expected to be finished sometime next week. In the meantime, workers say they do not plan on going into the water.
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FlSunRise87 - 9/4/2013 9:10 AM
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Seriously guys? No update on the man who was attacked by the gator? will he lose his leg? is he at home or in the hospital? how about his condition? This is one of the crappiest news station when it comes to accurate reports! Not to mention that almost every article doesn't get spell checked and usually misses at least a word if not more. SMH

wishmistress - 9/3/2013 2:36 PM
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Most of us will pray, as well Jenn!

JennT - 9/2/2013 10:07 PM
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wishmistress - It was a male gator and my husband said it was a territory attack. They had been there less than two weeks and my husband had been swimming all around the area of attack. He is not a person who just jumps in a body of water. Before he got in the water the first day he walked around looking for any signs of gators, slides, nests, packed down plants yada yada, he saw no such signs. It was just a freak attack but someone that live on the lake had been feeding it. I just pray that he does not lose the leg.

JennT - 9/2/2013 10:02 PM
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The victim is my husband and he's hanging in as best he can. I thank the Lord he is still alive. He has his leg but there is a chance infection can set in. I don't want to even think that. The article makes it sound like the three men who were part of the crew helped. They did not help until Mike got the gator off him, jumped into the canoe, tied a piece of rope around his leg and then paddled within 15 feet of shore. My husband is the type of man who might go down but is NOT going without a fight. Thanks for your concern iloveallhumans. Think I got your name right!

wishmistress - 8/31/2013 1:28 PM
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No, Ilove....only more rules on how to behave/not behave. They don't want you to fight your way away from the gator. Huh? Guess they expect you to carry an apple to pop in your mouth instead. These guys should consider working off a floating dock/flatboat to do their work. Hope his leg will be okay!

iloveallhumans - 8/31/2013 12:16 PM
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Not 1 single word about how the poor victim is doing after the attack? Really?
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