Woman Reaching for Soda Nearly Loses Hand to Alligator

When doing the Dew is a definite don't
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 13, 2016 3:40 PM CDT
Alligator Nearly Bites Off Florida Woman's Hand
An alligator suns itself as it swims in the Florida Everglades in 2013.   (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

A woman trying to get a soda can she dropped into the water in the Everglades had her hand nearly bitten off by an alligator, the AP reports. Kimberly Ann Sexton, 49, was trying to retrieve a Mountain Dew can she dropped on Friday when the animal attacked her hand, according to a report released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Sexton was bitten by a 6.5-foot alligator, the report said. The animal was found by a trapper and euthanized after the incident.

Two witnesses grabbed Sexton by her legs and kept her from being pulled into the water, the report said. They also managed to free her hand from the gator's jaws. A fire rescue helicopter was dispatched just before 6:30pm to a fish camp in the Everglades near Fort Lauderdale. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesperson Mike Jachles says flight medics found her with her right hand "almost fully amputated" and losing consciousness. She was flown to Broward Health North Trauma Center, where she was in critical condition. (Read more alligator stories.)

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