WATCH: Baby alligator removed from YMCA pool

BEAUFORT, SC (NBC) — An unusual swimmer was found taking an early dip in a South Carolina community pool.

Port Royal firefighters say they responded to the YMCA of Beaufort to remove a three-foot alligator from the pool.

They say they found it lounging underwater in the deep end.

Crews used a lifeguard rescue hook to bring the gator to the surface, then secured it with a rope until wildlife officials arrived.

Fortunately, no one was swimming or in the pool area since it hasn’t opened for the season.

The alligator was released in a nearby estuary without harm.

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