A Florida man survived for 3 days in a swamp after an alligator ripped off his arm while he was attempting to swim within the lake – a move he admits was ‘not the neatest decision a Florida boy could make.’
Eric Merda, 43, from Sarasota, was visiting the Lake Manatee Fish Camp in Myakka City on July 17 when he got lost.
He said he got here upon the water and decided to swim across.
‘I look over and there is a gator on my right-hand side,’ he told 10 Tampa Bay.
‘She got my forearm so I grabbed her like this, she was attempting to roll by.’
Merda said he was dragged underwater thrice, but he fought back, and eventually, the alligator left – along with his arm.
‘She snapped her head so my arm with backwards like this completely,’ he said.
Merda managed to swim to the shore and yell for help, in agony.
‘Bones poking out, muscles, if I attempt to move my fingers, you can see it twitching,’ he said.
Eric Merda, 43, is seen talking in regards to the moment an alligator grabbed his arm as he swam in a lake
Merda is seen in a photograph taken after the July 17 attack
Merda said he walked for 3 days until he found a fence and saw a person who he asked to assist.
‘I said a gator got me arm, he said, ‘holy smokes man!’
The rescuer said he found Merda naked and bloodied within the swamp.
‘I didn’t know if he was dead or alive once I first walked upon him,’ the rescuer said.
‘And there is nothing, no words can describe it, .’
He told Fox News 13 that Merda was evidently in agony.
‘He was in plenty of pain. He was like just help, help, help. He was talking to us and every thing.
‘They cut the fence they helped him up, and he actually walked to the ambulance.’
Merda was immediately flown to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where doctors amputated the remnants of his arm.
An alligator trapper was dispatched to the scene, however it isn’t known if the animal which attacked Merda was found.
There have been no less than six alligator attacks near Tampa to this point this 12 months, 10 Tampa Bay reported.
Fatal alligator attacks are rare in america, typically occurring about every year. Yet there have been two to this point within the Tampa area.
On July 15, an 80-year-old woman was killed after she fell into the canal near her home on the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club in Englewood, about 30 miles south of Sarasota.
A person believed to be searching for Frisbees in a lake was killed in late May in Largo, a city within the Tampa Bay area.
Merda is pictured before the attack, which took his right arm