Man Survives 3 Days in Swamp After Alligator Grabbed His Arm in Florida Lake and Snapped it Off
By Space Coast Daily // September 9, 2022
encountered an alligator that grabbed his arm and snapped it as he tried to pull him under three times
FOX NEWS – A Florida man who says he was attacked by an alligator is in good spirits despite losing an arm and finding himself stranded in a swamp for three days.
Eric Merda, 43, says he had just finished an irrigation job in July in Parrish, Florida when he decided to stop at Lake Manatee Fish Camp to throw away trash which resulted in him getting lost in the woods, WTVT-TV reported.
Merda told the outlet that he spotted his truck across a body of water and jumped into the water figuring he could swim to his vehicle. Halfway across the lake, Merda says he encountered an alligator that grabbed his arm and snapped it as he tried to pull him under three times.
“It’s do or die,” Merda explained. “Do you want to live or die. I was given the opportunity to make a chance, and I decided to live.”
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