STUART (CBSMiami) — A bicyclist suffered serious injuries after being severely bitten by a large alligator while on trail ride on Monday.
According to a Martin County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, the man was riding his bike on a trail at Halpatiokee Park in Stuart, north of Jupiter, when he lost control of his bike and fell into a body of water about six feet down an embankment.READ MORE: Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho On Mask Use For Upcoming School Year: 'Decision Cannot Be Rushed'
The female gator, which measured about 9-feet, grabbed ahold of the man severely injuring him.
The cyclist was able to break free then crawl to an area where he was helped by a bystander.READ MORE: Cleveland Clinic Weston Once Again #1 Hospital In Miami-Fort Lauderdale Metro Area
Martin County Fire Rescue, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers secured the area and drove the victim more than a mile to meet a medical helicopter. His condition is not known.
A professional trapper was able to locate and trap the gator a short time later.MORE NEWS: Calls Continue For Cuban Embassy In DC To Be Shut Down
The FWC is in charge of the investigation.