25-Year-Old Florida Man Lucky to Survive Attack from Alligator That Had Him in Its Mouth
A man who resides in Florida luckily survived after getting pounced on by a wild animal. The Tampa driver was attacked by an Alligator during a drive along the Myakka River.
A Tampa driver was recently attacked by an Alligator during a drive along the Myakka River. The 25-year-old explained his experience of the attack in an interview after he got discharged from Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where he received treatment.
The driver, Jeffrey Heim, explained that the incident happened so fast, and he thought a propeller had hit him. The drive noted that he encountered the alligator while he was searching for shark teeth in Venice.
Within seconds of entering the water, the alligator struck Heim and bit him on his head and arm, which resulted in a skull fracture. The Tampa driver, who hopes to one day turn his passion for marine life into a career, was thankful he didn't get killed.
Heim, who is a patron of marine life, admitted that he should have been more careful. Florida Fish and Wildlife confirmed that the mating season for alligators is within May and June, and it happens to be a time when they are more active and aggressive.
Jeffrey Heim, 25, says he was only in the water for a few minutes when he was hit with such force that he thought it was a boat that struck him. https://t.co/FuI9UgdQ4e— NECN (@NECN) June 5, 2021
Mike McCoy, another Florida man saved Jake, his dog from the attack of a gator.
The Florida residents have a lot to be thankful for as he remembered the accident. Heim stated that the alligator had him inside its mouth, and he couldn't do anything to defend himself as he wasn't harmed.
'I’M LUCKY IT WASN’T MUCH WORSE' | Jeffrey Heim said he encountered the alligator while looking for shark teeth in Venice. It all happened within seconds of entering the water. https://t.co/MjqPxqUqrv— ABC Action News (@abcactionnews) June 1, 2021
The victim believed that the wild animal was about 9 feet long and likely a female protecting her eggs. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said a licensed trapper would locate the wild animal and remove it from the area.
Heim confirmed that throughout his time driving in the Florida water searching for prehistoric shark teeth, he has never encountered an alligator attack before.
Tampa man attacked by gator in Florida river https://t.co/IaGyJij0zq— News 19 WLTX (@WLTX) June 3, 2021
Attacks caused by alligators are rare in Florida as the FWC is particularly concerned about public safety. They have seen that a statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is administered to address any form of complaints against alligator threats.
Mike McCoy, another Florida man, saved Jake, his dog, from the attack of a gator. McCoy was strolling near a pond behind Paul R. Smith middle school when an alligator jumped out of the pond and pulled Jack with it.
Florida man wrestles alligator to save his dog https://t.co/uGdFG5gjU5— FOX 13 News Utah (@fox13) May 13, 2021
Superhero McCoy noted that he had previously read on my environment and gators, which helped him get a hand on the situation. He pulled it out of the water and held it down till it let the dog go.
Meanwhile, as the alligator couldn't get the dog, it decided to go for its owner. It attacked McCoy, but thankfully nothing serious happened as the dog and its owner only sustained mild injuries.
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