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Alligator attacks man in Lake City

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Updated: 8/30/2013 6:14 pm
LAKE CITY, Fla.-- It's a  story straight out of a movie.

As the drill buzzed and men were hard at work, a predator lurked below.

We paddled out to the remote site where the attack happened, through the same gator-infested waters where Mike Tennant was attacked.

"He just got a surprised look on his face and started dragging backward. His look completely changed. He knew he had a gator on his leg and completely freaked out," witness Eric Knight said.

Knight was right next to Tennant when it happened.They were chest deep in water, building the end of a dock, when the 8-foot, 3-inch beast struck.

"When he jumped up in the canoe, you could see his leg basically hanging. It was bad," Knight continued.

Knight and his colleagues sprung into action. They tried to stop Tennant's bleeding and called an ambulance. Florida Fish and Wildlife officers also came out to take care of the gator.

"We have incidents where people have lost limbs tangling with gators. We really don't want anybody doing that. We don't want anyone trying to play Crocodile Dundee out there," Public Information Coordinator Karen Parker said.

The gator didn't go down without a fight. It was shot with a rifle, but managed to survive. It took a .45-caliber to finish the job.

Food for thought, for the worker who still has to go back out and finish the job.

"I'm sure there's another one waiting to fill his spot," Knight said.

The dock is expected to be finished sometime next week. In the meantime, workers say they do not plan on going into the water.
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