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Witnesses: Alligator had teen's head in jaws

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Updated: 7/09/2013 12:15 pm
GENEVA, Fla. (WFTV) -- A Seminole County teenager survived a frightening alligator encounter.

Witnesses said the gator had the 17-year-old's head in its jaws.

"We were both swinging off the rope swings, and then me and him started floating down the river," said witness Taylor Rizza.

Rizza said Monday was a start to a common afternoon for the teens at a swimming hole in the Little Big Econ State Forest.

But Rizza's friend, 17-year-old Andrew Hudson, thought he kicked a log in the water, but he was mistaken.

"It was it a big gator," said witness Mark O'Shea.

"Did you see the size of it?" a WFTV reporter asked.

"Nine-to-10-feet," said O' Shea. "Just came from behind and jerked him under. He went under and started freaking out, and I saw him come halfway up to the shore. He had blood from the top of his head all the way down and I told him to take his shorts off, put them on top of his head to stop the bleeding."

O'Shea said he ran for help at a forestry office about a half-mile away.

"They looked at me like I was crazy. I'm like, 'My friend really got bit by an alligator,'" said O'Shea.

Medics at the scene bandaged Hudson's head.

The gator may have only let go after Hudson fought back.

"He kicked and started punching the gator. That's what he told me [happened] when he was under the water," said O'Shea.

Hudson, alert and talking with a bandage around his head, was wheeled into South Seminole Hospital by emergency crews.

Doctors treated several puncture wounds on his head with staples and stitches, officials said.

"I could have been a lot worse than what it was," O'Shea said. "He has some luck on him."

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nativejax - 7/9/2013 5:39 PM
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No-one, Realchange..."Money talks and bs walks" should be this Country's motto since life has no value here anymore. At least this guy has a whopper of story to tell his kids and grandkids.

Realchange - 7/9/2013 4:17 PM
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He is lucky to be alive and lucky he is not disfigured for life such as missing eyes, nose, face etc. For his part he is also lucky that the gator let him go after getting to close to it. They startled the gator or it was in bad mood. Bad thing is the gator will be put down, but the killer whale at sea world is back to performing. Justice depends on the animals value amount in fla. Curious about the whale thing if he kills again who takes responsibility and accountability?
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