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Alligator severs teenager's left arm

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OKEECHOBEE An Okeechobee teen lost his arm to an alligator early Sunday, after he tried to swim across a canal.

Kasey Edwards, 18, was drinking with some friends at about 2 a.m. at Nubbin Slough, a canal that empties into Lake Okeechobee, when he went into the canal, said Okeechobee County sheriff's Detective Ted Van Deman. An 11-foot alligator rose from the water and bit Edwards, trying to drag him down.

Edwards fended off the attack by grabbing an orange buoy in the water, Van Deman said, but the alligator bit off Edwards' left arm below the shoulder.

Edwards swam to the other side of the canal, where his friends met him and called for help.

Edwards was flown to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.

Rescuers captured the alligator and found Edwards' arm in its stomach but the arm was too damaged to reattach, Van Deman said.

Nubbin Slough is a fishing spot that is well-known for having alligators, Van Deman said. The detective said that while at the site on Monday he counted 13 alligators.

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I never imagined something like that could happen around florida :-?

Apparently neither did that guy ::)

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Who in the world drinking or not, is gonna be dumb enough to go swimming in an alligator infested canal???????????????

Darwin nominee in my opinion!!!

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drinking and swimming doesnt mix. especially with a place known for alligators and one other question is that why its called nubbin slough for people having nubs after they come out of there?

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Bet he won't do it again.....

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Float tube fisherman BEWARE!! :o

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Hmmm who would have thought there would be gators around Lake Ockeechobee lol

That boy is lucky the gator didnt really want him . There is no fighting off an 11 ft gator. It just gave him a chomp and shook its head and ripped his arm off .

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Ah the stupid things drinking can make you do. I'm sure none of us has never done anything stupid while being drunk as a teen.  ::)

Kid is lucky to be alive.

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I hope he is right handed.

If he is left handed it is definitely time to find a girlfriend!  

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