An elderly woman has been killed in an alligator infested pond near her home at a country club in Florida on Friday.
The woman was seen falling into the basin near her home the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club, and she struggled to stay above water, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) said.
Witnesses confirmed two alligators were observed swimming towards her and grabbing her while she was in the water.
The woman, whose identity remains unknown, was was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Englewood Fire District established the incident occurred near Cayman Isle Boulevard and Golf View Drive at approximately 7:47 p.m.
A trapper from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) removed the alligators from the pond.
An investigation is ongoing - it is not yet clear whether the large reptiles were involved in her death.
On May 31, 2022, a 47-year-old man, later identified as Sean Thomas McGuinness, was found dead in John S. Taylor Park in Largo, Florida, with one arm torn off.
Paul Cozzie, the director of Parks and Conservation Resources in Pinellas County, told The New York Times that “he died as a result of an alligator attack,” which marked Florida's first fatal alligator attack since 2018.
These two deaths mark the first ones in 2022, but there have been several attacks in between.