Florida Teen Calmly Calls 911 Call After Getting Bit by Gator, Telling Operator ‘It Just Stings a Little Bit’
“I got out the water as fast as I could,” 13-year-old Gabriel Klimis told the 911 operator.
Gabriel Klimis was swimming at Howell Creek in Winter Springs when an alligator launched at him as he was getting out of the water.
Klimis called 911 himself, telling the operator, “I’m OK though. I can walk and I can stand. I’m fine. It just stings a little bit, but I’m good.”
When the teen was asked by the operator where the alligator was, Klimis said he didn’t know. “I don't know," he said. "I got out the water as fast as I could.”
Klimis was brought to a local hospital for treatment, according to Fox 35.
Howell Creek is a tributary to Lake Jesup, which is known for having a high alligator population, according to WESH 2.
The incident was brought to the attention of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and dispatched a nuisance alligator trapper in the area, Fox 35 reported.
"We set traps back here, we're all going to pull out right now and quiet down and hopefully he'll come back and take our bait," said trapper Jerry Flynn, according to Fox 35.
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