Official: Alligator nearly bites off Florida woman’s hand

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say an alligator nearly took off a woman’s hand in an attack in the Everglades.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles says the 49-year-old woman dropped a can from a dock and was bitten by a 4- to 5-foot gator as she reached down to the water to get it Friday.

Jachles says a fire rescue helicopter was dispatched just before 6:30 p.m. to a fish camp in the Everglades near Fort Lauderdale. The woman from Osceola County was staying there with family.

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He says flight medics found her with her right hand “almost fully amputated” and losing consciousness.

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She was flown to Broward Health North Trauma Center, where she was in critical condition. Her name was not released Friday night.

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