'I'm bleeding all over the place': 911 call released in alligator attack

87-year-old man bit on hand, leg in Volusia County

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor
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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - An elderly man was calm but somewhat confused in a 911 call made minutes after he was bit by an 8-foot alligator in Volusia County.

It happened around 9:50 a.m. Sunday while the 87-year-old man was at Lake Beresford in DeLand, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

"I just got bit by an alligator and I'm on West Beresford Road, right at the end where you go over the rail road tracks. I can't think of my address, I'm a little rattled right now," the man told a 911 operator.

He told the operator that he was bitten on his hand and his leg.

"I'm bleeding pretty bad," he said.

After the operator located the man's address, he told her that the attack happened about 10 minutes prior and the alligator went back in the water afterward.

"I've gotta pay attention to my hand here, I'm bleeding all over the place," said the man, who then hung up on the operator.

Deputies said the man was alert when they arrived at his home Sunday morning.  He was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford.

No other details about his condition were immediately available.

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