MB Resident Killed by Gator

Warmer weather is bringing out the alligators -- and gator photographers -- at Lake Waccamaw. This one drew a number of admirers near Dale's Seafood this week.
State officials urge people to stay away from alligators. It's against state law to feed gators. (file)

In what is thought to be the first confirmed alligator-fatality in decades, Horry County Police said today (Friday) that one person is dead after an alligator attack this morning.

HCPD said in a press release that Horry County Fire-Rescue was called to Excalibur Court around 11:45 a.m. The call originally came in as a water rescue emergency, the release said. HCPD and South Carolina Wildlife responded to assist.

“Units determined that an alligator had taken hold of a neighbor and retreated into a nearby retention pond,” the release said.

A state biologist and state-contracted alligator specialist euthanized the animal on the scene. The victim’s body was later recovered.

A death investigation is underway by HCPD.

North and South Carolina both have growing populations of alligators. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission prohibits feeding, harassing or teasing alligators under any circumstances.

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