In the tranquil community of Spanish Wells, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, a serene morning was shattered by a tragic incident. A 69-year-old woman, a resident of the community, lost her life in an alligator attack near a lagoon bordering the local golf course.
At approximately 9:28 a.m., a flurry of emergency services descended upon the scene. Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue, the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office, and Spanish Wells security personnel responded to the distressing report of a possible alligator attack.
A 69-year-old woman has died following an alligator attack in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, authorities say. https://t.co/JOPxWRqgMS
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Upon arrival, they discovered the woman, who had been out walking her dog, lying unresponsive at the water’s edge. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, in their news release, painted a chilling picture of the scene. As rescue efforts were underway, an alligator emerged, seemingly guarding the woman and hindering the emergency response.
The alligator was eventually removed from the scene, allowing the recovery of the woman’s body. An autopsy is to be conducted by the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office to determine the exact circumstances of the tragic incident.
The timing of the woman’s fatal encounter with the alligator remains unclear. This marks the second fatal alligator attack in less than a year in the area, following the death of an 88-year-old woman last August, who was attacked near a lagoon close to her home.