Dan Corneliussen, owner of Tracks Wildlife Control in Beaufort, was at home when he got the call from Fripp Island about an alligator attack, two words he is not used to hearing in sequence.
One of the alligators on Fripp's Ocean Creek Course - a 10-foot, 400-pounder - turned aggressive Thursday when a 77-year-old man, the father of a Fripp Island property owner, knelt to pick up his ball and was attacked by the animal.
The alligator clamped down on the man's arm and dragged him into a nearby pond. The man lost the arm below the elbow in the struggle. Wildlife officials worked quickly to capture and kill the alligator, before cutting the reptile open to remove the arm from its digestive tract.
Part of a man's arm was bitten off by an alligator as he leaned to retrieve his golf ball at a private South Carolina course, officials said Friday.The man, in his 70s, was bitten by a 10-foot alligator on Thursday afternoon at Ocean Creek Golf Course in Beaufort County. His name has not been released.
The man, who is reportedly the father of a Fripp Island property owner, was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina, which declined Friday to provide information on the man's condition or treatment without his identity.
The victim, whose name has not been released, and his arm were flown to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where doctors tried to re-attach the limb.The hospital declined to release information on the victim's condition Friday.
"I respond to a lot of nuisance alligators, but alligator attacks are very, very rare," Corneliussen said Friday. Corneliussen arrived at the 11th hole to find that the alligator hadn't strayed far.
Corneliussen snared the alligator and wrestled it to the bank of a nearby lagoon. There, he shot it with a .22-caliber rifle. Corneliussen and Fripp Island Fire Chief Joshua Horton worked quickly to cut the alligator open and retrieve the severed arm.
"Their skin is pretty thick, so it was tough to get through, and there were some membranes and stuff, but once we got to the stomach, we could feel the arm in there," Corneliussen said.
Corneliussen said he still isn't sure what might have prompted Thursday's attack