A 69-year-old woman was walking her dog in South Carolina in the US when she was suddenly attacked by an alligator and killed.
The New York Times reported on July 5 that a 69-year-old woman was killed by an alligator while walking her dog in her neighborhood in the town of Hilton Head Island (South Carolina, USA).
This is the second fatal alligator attack in the county in less than a year, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said. The incident happened on July 3 and the victim’s body was found in the lagoon at Spanish Wells, a residential community on Hilton Head Island.
Previously, the anonymous victim had left the house at around 7 a.m. to walk the dog , and relatives went looking for the dogs after the dogs returned without owners, according to spokeswoman Angela Viens, a spokeswoman for the agency. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
A family member discovered her and contacted emergency services at around 9:30 a.m. As emergency workers tried to assist the victim, an alligator appeared, disrupting rescue efforts, according to the statement. The victim was later declared dead on the spot.
The male alligator, nearly 3 meters long, was later captured and euthanized, according to South Carolina Department of Natural Resources officials. The agency said it was the sixth death in South Carolina out of 24 alligator attacks since 2000.
Beaufort County saw a similar incident last August, when the body of an 88-year-old woman was found in a pond near Hilton Head Island. Authorities believe that victim Nancy A. Becker was gardening near a pond when she slipped into the water and was attacked by a crocodile .
According to CNN, there are an estimated 5 million alligators in the wild, mainly concentrated in more than 10 states in the southeast region, but deadly crocodile attacks are rare.