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National Briefing / South Carolina

Alligator bites off golfer's arm

October 10, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Officials said an alligator bit off part of a golfer's arm as the man leaned over to pick up a ball at a private course.

The man, who is in his 70s, was retrieving a ball from a pond when the 10-foot alligator bit him at Ocean Creek Golf Course in Myrtle Beach. The gator pulled the golfer into the pond and ripped off his arm in the struggle. The golfer's partners were able to free him.

Wildlife workers killed the alligator and retrieved the arm in hopes that it might be reattached. The man has not been identified.

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