>> A woman lost most of her hand, and is in critical condition after an alligator attack Friday night in the Florida Everglades. Mike Jachles with Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue describes the scene.>> She was semi-conscious. She was on the dock. She was not in the water She sustained a severe hand injury that was almost a full amputation of the right hand, near the wrist.
Broward Sheriff's Office Air Rescue flight medics began advanced life support care.>> The attack took place at a remote fishing camp after the woman stuck her hand in the water to recapture a dropped can. A quick group of onlookers grabbed her by the legs, preventing the alligator from dragging her into the water, according to eyewitness accounts.
The 49 year old woman was airlifted to a local hospital for emergency surgery. As for the alligator.>> The alligator is about four to five feet long. It was there throughout the whole incident.>> It was later captured by an authorized alligator trapper, according to local media.