Sheriff: Woman walking dog dies after being pulled into lagoon by alligator

Sheriff: Woman walking dog dies after being pulled into lagoon by alligator

A witness called police to report an alligator was attacking a woman on Monday (local time) at a lagoon on Hilton Head Island, a popular tourist destination, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

A 45-year-old woman trying to protect her her dog from a 2.44 metre alligator has died after she was snatched and dragged underwater.

"We are extremely saddened by this news and will share information with the community as it is made available", Sea Pines said in the statement.

- Authorities are investigating the death of a woman involving an alligator in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island early Monday morning.

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According to deputies, an emergency call came in at around 9:30 the Sea Pines Plantation, a resort on the island.

Beaufort County coroner Ed Allen was not able to immediately provide details about the death but said he was in route to the scene just before 10 a.m. The dog was reportedly uninjured in the incident. Alligators are not typically aggressive toward humans, but will not hesitate to go after a small animal. "One of her dogs got bit by the gator". According to DNR, this is only the second alligator death in SC. Unprovoked attacks by alligators smaller than 5 feet are rare, but unusual behavior does occur.

Her identity will be revealed after her family is notified. The alligator was eight feet in length. A necropsy will be done to definitively determine it was the alligator involved in the attack.

Wildlife biologist Jay Butfiloski said in an interview in 2017 that non-fatal alligator attacks are also very rare in SC. Department spokesman David Lucas told ABC News that in 2016, a woman wandered away from a nursing home in Charleston and was later found dead in a pond.

"It's common practice when we have an aggressive alligator like that, we put it down, but it will take some take some time to confirm it's the right alligator", said Capt. Robert McCullough of the Department of Natural Resources.

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