Man pulls 90-year-old woman from alligator's jaws

Published: Sep. 2, 2011 at 4:01 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2011 at 10:29 PM EDT
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A 90-year-old woman is recovering after a Good Samaritan saved her from an alligator attack on...
A 90-year-old woman is recovering after a Good Samaritan saved her from an alligator attack on Wednesday. (Source: WBBH/NBC)

COPELAND, FL (WBBH/NBC) - A 90-year-old woman is recovering after a Good Samaritan saved her from an alligator attack on Wednesday.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says Margaret Webb was in her front yard near Copeland, FL when the alligator attacked her.

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 with the Wildlife Commission.

Daniels took a shot at the alligator and believes he hit it. He says the gator was seven to eight feet long.

Webb's leg was nearly severed in the attack. She was taken by helicopter to the hospital, where her leg was amputated below the knee. Hospital officials say she is in critical condition.

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

"Any alligator that shows aggression towards humans is a problem," said Corporal George Cahill, with the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

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

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