Details on how a gator attack victim got away

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responds to the scene of an alligator attack, where a 60-year-old man was bitten near Wa-Ke Hatchee park in south Fort Myers Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

WINK News recently learned how a 60-year-old man who was attacked by an alligator back in August was able to get away. We told you about this when it happened on August 23.

William Simmons had three alligator bites: one on the arm, one on his stomach and one on his chest.

Investigators say that Simmons dropped his glasses into the water and was attempting to retrieve them. That’s when the gator attacked him.

This happened in the Estero Bay Preserve State Park in Lee County.

During the attack, two good Samaritans heard him and intervened. They then drove Simmons to get help.

Authorities want to stress that the victim was not in a public access area at the time of the attack.

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