Alligator bites landscape worker at Orlando International Airport, FWC says

Man suffers cut on leg, taken to hospital

Published On: Jul 31 2013 06:12:06 PM EDT
OIA alligator
ORLANDO, Fla. -

A landscape worker was injured at Orlando International Airport Wednesday when an 8-foot 8-inch alligator came out of a lake and grabbed his leg, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said.

50-year-old Philip Letner, a subcontracted employee, was weed whacking along the edge of a lake near Cargo Road just south of the SR 528 exit about 11 a.m., when the alligator bit him, according to FWC.

Another worker helped Letner and the alligator went back into the lake. Staff at the airport captured the alligator and an FWC trapper picked it up.

Letner suffered a 4 to 5 inch cut on his leg and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he received stitches.