Swimmer loses part of arm in alligator attack in Florida

A woman loses part of her arm after being attacked by an alligator while swimming in the Wekiva River near Orlando, Florida.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 8, 2015) (NBC) – A woman swimming in the Wekiva River in central Florida lost part of her arm on Saturday (August 8) after being attacked by an alligator.

Onlookers said the woman was rescued by a person in a canoe who brought her to shore.

The woman said she was swimming when she felt something grab her arm and pull her under, NBC reported, quoting Karen Parker, spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Parker said the woman was brought to a local hospital but lost a portion of her right arm below the elbow.

People in the area described seeing the woman after the attack.

“It was very scary, and I’d seen her get out of the water. She was totally naked. Her arm was gone, blood everywhere on the kayak, canoes and stuff like that,” said one unidentified witness.

Law enforcement and wildlife officers went out in boats looking for the animal.

Parker said the alligator would be killed if it is found.