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Alligator Fatally Attacks Man At The Edge Of A South Carolina Pond

Alligator Fatally Attacks Man At The Edge Of A South Carolina Pond

A man was killed on Friday after being dragged into a retention pond by an alligator near Myrtle Beach, S.C., the first such deadly attack in the state since 2020, the authorities said.

Fatal alligator attacks are rare in the United States, typically occurring about once a year, but the latest was the second in less than a month. The body of a man who had been retrieving Frisbees from a lake in Largo, Fla., which serves as a habitat for alligators, was found on May 31.

In Friday’s killing, the authorities responded around 11:45 a.m. to a water-rescue call, the Horry County Police Department said in a statement. Rescuers “determined that an alligator took hold of a neighbor who was near the edge of a retention pond and retreated” into it, the department said in a statement.

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A biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and an alligator-removal contractor determined that the animal needed to be “humanely euthanized on site,” the police said.

Messages left for the department were not immediately returned on Sunday. The authorities did not release the victim’s name, age or other circumstances about the attack. An investigation into the death is continuing, the police said.

Jason Repak, who lives in the same community as the victim, snapped a photo of three alligators behind his condominium last month and posted it on social media.

“I couldn’t have imagined that it was likely one of these alligators that would later kill a man,” he wrote on Friday. “My prayers and heart go out to the family as my arms wrap tighter around my kids and dogs near these ponds.”

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In an interview on Sunday, Mr. Repak said it was common to watch alligators walk on a road over a pair of retention ponds. Now and then, he will see photos in…

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