Transcript for Woman attacked by alligator while swimming in Florida lake
We want to move on now to another developing story. It involves a woman in Florida who was attacked by an alligator, now hospitalized with serious injuries and ABC's Zachary kiesch is here with much more on that. Zachary, good morning. Dan, good morning to you. She's expected to make it but still a scary situation. Alligator attacks are actually pretty rare. They're naturally afraid of humans. That said, we're on the tail end of mating season, a time when fish and wildlife officials warn alligators become more active and visible. Reporter: This morning a woman is recovering after being attacked by an alligator in Florida. A girl started screaming. We pull her out and her side and her thigh was open. 23-year-old female that was bit by an alligator. Patient has injuries to her side and arm. Reporter: Witnesses say the woman was amongst a group of people in the lake when suddenly she started screaming. The crowd scrambling to pull her to safety. Several people grabbed towels and shirts and wrapped her side and leg. Reporter: The victim was then loaded onto a waiting medical helicopter and rushed to a trauma center. Brevard fire and rescue tweeting, the victim suffered significant bite injuries. Florida fish and wildlife agents on the scene in Port St. John searching for the 8 to 10-foot alligator but so far it has not been captured. This attack coming nearly one year after a deadly alligator attack near Miami. A woman in that case was killed by this 12-foot gator while she was walking her dogs. The incident happened at about 2:30 in the afternoon in a small town near the coast. Over a million alligators and about seven unprovoked attacks a year happen there in Florida. Officials often warn don't swim after dark, you know, from dusk to dawn, however, this attack happened in the middle of the day. I was struck by the statistics that you named, that there are a million alligators and only about seven attacks a For the number of alligators there aren't a lot of attacks. Rare but alarming still. Zachary, thank you.
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