Man Survives Alligator Attack in South Carolina Using Screwdriver

Fossil diver narrowly escapes death after being attacked by a massive alligator in South Carolina's Cooper River. Fought for survival by stabbing the alligator's eye and gums, ultimately freeing his arm and swimming to safety.

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Man Survives Alligator Attack in South Carolina Using Screwdriver

Man Survives Alligator Attack in South Carolina Using Screwdriver

Will Georgitis, a fossil diver in South Carolina, narrowly escaped death after being attacked by a massive alligator while diving in the Cooper River near Charleston. The alligator, estimated to be around 10 feet long, clamped onto Georgitis' arm and dragged him to the bottom of the 50-foot deep river.

Georgitis, who spends his time searching for fossilized bones in the river, attempted to fend off the alligator by stabbing it repeatedly in the eye and gums with a screwdriver he had on him. Despite his efforts, the alligator was determined not to let go and put its full weight on him at the bottom of the river. "I knew I was going to die," Georgitis recounted.

In a desperate move, Georgitis tried to rip his own arm off to free himself from the alligator's jaws. Miraculously, his arm slipped through the alligator's teeth, and he was able to push himself away using his feet. Georgitis then swam to safety, where he was rescued by a friend in a boat.

Why this matters: Alligator attacks are rare in South Carolina, but the state has around 100,000 alligators, and there have been at least six fatal attacks since 2016. This incident highlights the importance of being cautious and prepared when engaging in water activities in areas known to have alligator populations.

Georgitis suffered a broken bone and a dislocated bone in his arm, which required a metal plate and nine screws. He is expected to undergo several surgeries and a six-month recovery period. "I was stabbing as hard as I could," Georgitis said, describing his fight for survival against the alligator.

Key Takeaways

  • Fossil diver attacked by 10-ft alligator in SC river, narrowly escaped
  • Diver stabbed alligator's eye and gums with screwdriver, but it refused to let go
  • Diver resorted to ripping off his own arm to free himself from alligator's jaws
  • Alligator attacks are rare in SC, but state has around 100,000 alligators
  • Diver suffered broken and dislocated bones, requiring surgery and 6-month recovery