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Crocodile Attacks Man After His Sailboat Capsizes in Everglades

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Crocodile Attacks Man After His Sailboat Capsizes in Everglades

Posted 2024-03-20  by  Stephanie Mallory

The man was transferred to the hospital in stable condition and treated for a leg wound

A man who was attacked by a crocodile in Florida’s Everglades National Park earlier this month is recovering from his injuries.

According to a news release issued by the National Park Service (NPS), park rangers responded to the Flamingo Marina around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2024, following reports of a crocodile attack.

PEOPLE reports that a when a 68-year-old man attempted to swim to shore after his sailboat capsized in the marina basin, he was seen going under water.

Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue said the man was airlifted to a medical facility where he was reported to be in stable condition and treated for a laceration to his leg.

According to the NPS release, “Rangers and park biologists are continuing to investigate the incident and monitor the suspected crocodile, which is easily identifiable.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) says the American crocodile is a federally threatened species and that conflicts between crocodiles and humans are very rare in Florida because of the crocodiles’ shy and reclusive nature.

In response to the attack, the NPS said in its statement, “While the park is a safe place to visit, we remind visitors to stay alert and exercise caution, especially around wildlife. Swimming or wading is prohibited in all canals, ponds, freshwater lakes, marked channels, and boat basins in Everglades National Park.”

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