Woman's Arm Bitten Off By Alligator While Swimming In Florida River

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A 37-year-old woman lost her arm in an alligator attack on the Wekiva River near Longwood, Florida, on Saturday.

The woman was swimming in the river when nearby canoers and kayakers heard her screams. A canoer hit the alligator with a paddle, and the gator then bit the woman in her midsection, reports Orlando Sentinel.

The woman was brought to shore at Wekiva Island by the canoers and kayakers and they called 911.

"You just saw some blood and some bone," said onshore witness Richard Ward. "There wasn't anything else there." 

Wekiva Island has signs posted to warn swimmers that there are alligators and snakes in the area.

The woman was conscious after the attack and said she was dragged under the water several times and felt her arm break, The Daily Mail reports.

According to witnesses, her arm was severed just below the shoulder.

“We see the jaws just chomp down on her arm, and it starts spinning around, pulls her underwater, goes back up,” witness Jakob Frick said. “She's just screaming ... her arm was gone.”

The alligator is estimated to be at least 10 to 12 feet long and trappers are currently searching the area for it.

The woman was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where she underwent surgery. Her condition is unknown.

Sources: The Daily Mail, Orlando Sentinel / Photo credit: Orlando Sentinel