Gator attack 911 call released
Authorities have released the 911 call made after a teenager was attacked by an alligator this week.Photo: Video by fox4now.com
MOORE HAVEN, Fla. - Authorities have released the 911 call made after a teenager was attacked by an alligator this week.
The call begins with a teen friend of the attack victim describing the situation.
911: Yes, this is 911. Do you have an emergency?
Caller: Yes ma'am. A gator just got my friend in the water.
That friend, Fred Langdale, had just felt the powerful jaws of the gator clamp down on his arm in this stretch of the Caloosahatchee river.
"He started pulling me down, and I knew it's either, my bones, or I've got to lose this arm or I'm gonna die," said Fred from his hospital bed.
"So I took my feet and I put it on his mouth and I tried to jerk my arm off trying to break it free."
Fred pulled himself free but had lost his arm.
In the 911 call, the dispatcher asks the caller to describe what he sees.
911: Is he out of the gator's mouth right now?
Caller: Yes he's out. He's on land now.
Getting onto to land wasn't easy for Fred who clawed with on arm as blood flowed from just below his elbow on the other one.
"I started making my way up the bank and my arm was bleeding really bad," says Fred.
"So I started grabbing some spider webs and grabbing whatever I could."
"I put spiderwebs on my arm because it would stop the bleeding," said Fred.
The dispatcher asked the witness to be specific about where the wound was.
911: OK. Where on his body was he bit? Foot, leg, arm?
Caller: Arm. Arm
911: OK. Is it still attached?
A female teen can be heard screaming and whimpering in the background of the call.
Also hear in the background of the call, a teen saying "Ooooh, oh my God. Oh my God."
Fred's still getting used to the idea of spending the rest of his life without his arm and sounds surprisingly calm describing his initial encounter with the gator.
"When the gator is about right here from me, I take my left hand and grabbed the skin up underneath him, trying to control him," he says.
"And he just kept going and I pulled his head up and I wrapped my legs around him. Then he just went and dove."
He and his friends say it was as Fred began to swim away from the gator after that initial encounter, that it re-surfaced and went on the attack.
"As soon as he's seen Fred, the gator was coming after him on top of the water as fast as he could," says witness Gary Beck.
"His tail was wagging back and forth. He was coming."