Rose Wiegand fell into a canal at a country club and alligators attacked her, according to the local sheriff’s office
The sheriff’s office said the person who made the 911 call said the woman was pulling weeds. The caller heard a scream and saw the woman fall into the water. The caller swam to where the woman was but couldn’t find her because alligators pulled her under the water, the sheriff’s office said.
A contracted trapper removed two alligators—one at 8 feet, 10 inches; the other at 7 feet, 7 inches—from the area, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.
Among Ms. Wiegand’s injuries was a dislocated spine, according to Dr. Russell Vega, the local chief medical examiner. He said her injuries were a result of the alligator attack and the manner of death was an accident.
“This is a tragic situation, and we are deeply saddened that it happened,” Boca Royale Golf and Country Club General Manager Doug Foote said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends affected by this loss, and we offer our deepest condolences.”
Mr. Foote said the club is working with authorities to give any information it has and there is an investigation into what occurred.
Last year, there were nine incidents in Florida where alligators bit people, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Seven of those incidents were classified as major, while two were considered minor, it said. None of them were fatal.
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