Woman killed in Florida golf course alligator attack, sheriff says
An elderly woman was killed after falling into a pond alongside a golf course in Florida and was attacked by two alligators, authorities said.
The incident happened shortly before 8 p.m. Friday at the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club in Englewood, about 30 miles south of Sarasota.
The woman fell into a pond along the course near her home “and struggled to stay afloat,” the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
“While in the water, two alligators were observed near the victim and eventually grabbed her from the water,” the sheriff’s office said.
The woman, who was not identified by authorities, was pronounced dead at the scene.
An alligator trapper with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded and removed the alligators as part of the investigation, the sheriff’s office said.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said an 8’10” alligator and a 7’7” alligator seen near the pond had been removed. The agency said it was not known for the moment if the alligators were involved in the incident, but that he does not plan to remove any other alligators from the area at this time.
“The FWC and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office will work jointly on this investigation until the cause of death is determined by the Sarasota County Medical Examiner’s Office,” the agency said in a statement.
No further information was released by the sheriff’s office during the investigation.
The Boca Royale Golf and Country Club told ABC News it had no comment at this time.
The country club is located in a private 1,000-acre gated community that includes lakes and nature preserves, according to its website.
Fatal alligator bites are rare. From 1948 to 2021, Florida has reported 442 unprovoked alligator bites, 26 of which resulted in death, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Over the past 10 years, the state has averaged eight unprovoked bites a year requiring medical treatment, the agency said.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the chance of someone being seriously injured in an unprovoked alligator incident in Florida is about one in 3.1 million.
A man searching for Frisbees in a lake was killed in a suspected alligator attack in late May in Largo, a town in the Tampa Bay area, police said.