A woman has lost part of her arm after she was attacked and mauled by an alligator while out swimming in a river in central Florida on Saturday.
Rachael Lilienthal, 37, was taking a swim in the Wekiva River when an alligator attacked her, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said. Lilienthal was bitten at least twice by the reptile and her right arm was severed above the elbow as a result.
Nearby kayakers noticed the attack and came to the victim’s aid, the FWC said, with one of them hitting the animal with a paddle, which caused it to release the woman. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. A 37-year-old woman lost part of her arm after she was attacked and mauled by an alligator while out swimming in a river in central Florida.
2. The alligator bit off most of the woman’s arm as she was swimming in the Wekiva River in Seminole County (photo: WFTV).
Lilienthal was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment, however there has been no information on her condition.
The alligator was subsequently captured and put down at around 12:30 am on Sunday, the FWC said. It measured 8 feet 9 inches long and weighed in at 300 to 350 lbs.
3. A witness describes the dramatic alligator attack rescue.
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