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Investigators now think that when he was attacked, he had entered the 53-acre freshwater lake in search of some flying discs. According to the Miami Herald, the park has an 18-hole disc golf course with five holes right next to the lake.
‘While the medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death it was apparent that McGuinness suffered injuries related to alligators in the lake,’ Largo Police said last month, adding: ‘Detectives believe this occurred in the lake for a long period of time before he was discovered the morning of May 31.’
Authorities noted that park management had reported ‘McGuinness was known to frequent the park and enter the lake with disregard to the posted “No swimming” signs.
‘A witness also advised detectives that McGuinness was known to sell discs back to people within the park, and McGuinness was found within a few feet of a disc in the water.’
Just a few weeks later, on June 24, an 11-foot alligator snatched and killed a victim from a South Carolina pond.
The unknown victim was near the pond when at the Myrtle Beach Golf and Yacht Club that morning, and police spokeswoman Mikayla Moskov said that by the time authorities arrived on the scene at around 11.45am, ‘units determined that an alligator had taken hold of a neighbor, and retreated into a nearby retention pond.’
He was then removed from the pond, and pronounced dead on the scene.
There have also been at least five attacks over the past year where people survived.
On June 22, for example, Samuel Ray told WRAL he was attacked by an alligator while playing catch near a pond.
‘It was about a foot away from the water,’ he recounted. ‘And then as soon as I put my hand on the ball, I bent over and picked it up – that’s when I saw the gator’s eye.
‘It lunged out, and it as so fast, it was like a lightning strike.’
Ray claimed that the alligator was able to snag hold of his hand, dislocating his shoulder in the process. He struck the alligator until it let him go and fled to safety because he knew he had to act.
After three surgeries, his hand is still intact despite the fact that he ultimately suffered from a disconnected nerve and significant blood loss.
And just a few days prior, according to WCSC, a South Carolina man attempted to save his dog from an…
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