'It dragged her in the water': Golfer called 911 to report alligator attack that killed woman

PHOTO: Cassandra "Sassie" Cline died after an alligator attack, Aug. 20, 2018, in Hilton Head, South Carolina.PlayJulia Meza
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A man in a golf cart who witnessed a woman being dragged into a South Carolina lake by an alligator called emergency responders to report the attack, according to a 911 call released by local authorities.

The woman, identified as 45-year-old New York resident Cassandra Cline, died after she was attacked Monday morning while walking her dog near the 13th hole on the Sea Pines Plantation community golf course in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

PHOTO: A woman died from an apparent alligator attack on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, Aug. 20, 2018. WJCL
A woman died from an apparent alligator attack on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, Aug. 20, 2018.

The witness was also near the 13th hole when he saw the reptile grab hold of Cline and pull her toward the water.

"It dragged her in the water," the man told emergency dispatchers.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office later announced that the gator measured more than 9 feet long.

Seconds later, the man said the woman was "in the water right now" and that another person was out there with her. He then admitted that he did not know how to help.

PHOTO: Witnesses saw a person being attacked by an alligator near a golf course at Sea Pines Plantation, a gated community on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, said Beaufort County Sheriffs Office spokesman Capt. Bob Bromage. WJCL
Witnesses saw a person being attacked by an alligator near a golf course at Sea Pines Plantation, a gated community on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, said Beaufort County Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Bob Bromage.

"I mean, what can you do?" he said to the dispatcher. "I don't know."

Cline, a mother and kindergarten teacher, owned a home in the gated community, where she and her husband had planned to retire, her family told ABC News earlier this week.

The gator tried to attack Cline’s dog after she got too close to the water, and a tug-of-war for the dog's leash ensued between Cline and the reptile, according to officials.

PHOTO: Cassandra Sassie Cline died after an alligator attack, Aug. 20, 2018, in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Julia Meza
Cassandra "Sassie" Cline died after an alligator attack, Aug. 20, 2018, in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Cline died at the scene after the gator dragged her into the water, according to David Lucas from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Her dog was not injured in the attack.

The alligator was located and later euthanized, an official said.

In a statement on their Facebook page, Sea Pines Living wrote: “We are extremely saddened by this news and will share information with the community as it is made available."

PHOTO: An alligator rests on a fallen tree in the Sea Pines Forest reserve on Hilton Head Island in this undated photo. John Dreyer/Getty Images
An alligator rests on a fallen tree in the Sea Pines Forest reserve on Hilton Head Island in this undated photo.

Cline's death was the first documented fatal alligator attack in South Carolina in decades, according to local officials. The only other reported death that may have been caused by an alligator occurred in 2016 when a woman "wandered off from a nursing home" and was found dead with what appeared to be bite marks, Lucas said. There were no witnesses, so the circumstances surrounding her death are unclear.

ABC News' Bill Hutchinson, Rachel Katz and Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.

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