S.C. Man Loses Arm in Freak Golf Course Alligator Attack

Duncan Riley - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:02 p.m. ET

A 77 year old golfer found out exactly why they call those ponds on golf courses “water hazards” recently.

The man was golfing at the Ocean Creek Golf Course in South Carolina when his ball rolled into the water. The man reached in to retrieve his ball and was attacked by a 10 foot long alligator. The reptile dragged the man under and performed what’s known as a “death roll” where the animal rolls over and over in order to rip pieces of flesh off it’s prey.

The man was rescued and rushed to the Medical University of South Carolina while wildlife workers killed the alligator and retrieved the severed limb. Doctors at the hospital tried to reattach the arm but it is unknown at this point if the surgery was successful.

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