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Good Samaritan pulls elderly woman from gator's jaws

A 90-year-old woman's leg was mostly severed after an alligator attack near Copeland, Fla.
/ Source: WBBH-TV

A 90-year-old woman's leg was mostly severed after an alligator attack near Copeland, Fla.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said Margaret Webb was in her front yard when an alligator attacked her. The water close to her home is high.

Dwain Daniels III was driving by, saw the attack and rushed out of his vehicle to help.

"He looked over saw the lady on the ground half in the water, wheeled around and jumped out of his truck to come to her aid. It appears he was able to pull her away from the gator," said Jayson Horadam, Captain of Law Enforcement for FWC.

Daniels took a shot at the alligator and said he believes he hit it.

He said the gator was seven or eight feet long.

When deputies arrived, they said Webb's leg was nearly severed. She was taken by helicopter to Lee Memorial Hospital.

Hospital officials said her leg was amputated below the knee and she is in critical condition.

Since then, a trapper with FWC has been on scene trying to capture the gator.

"We would like to find the gator before the day ends. Again if it hasn't been killed, it could be sitting on the bottom of the canal over here that's well over 14 feet deep and just as dark as can be," the trapper said.

If the alligator is dead, its body will likely float to the surface in a few days, the trapper said.