Alligator rips through screen to swim in Deep Creek family swimming pool

Published: May 17, 2022 8:33 AM EDT
Updated: May 17, 2022 6:16 PM EDT

A Deep Creek family woke up to find an 11-foot alligator in their swimming pool Tuesday morning.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office says the family was awakened by loud noises on the lanai and came out to find a 10’11”-alligator swimming in the pool.

The reptile, which weighed more than 550 pounds, apparently tore through the screen to get to the water.

It’s not the first time the neighborhood is visited by the reptiles.

Recently, a family nearby was awakened by an alligator at its door.

“I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near that,” said John Bender, who lives across the street from where the gator went for a swim.

The gator broke into the home’s pool at around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The gator was removed with the help of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

Anwar Tabri, who owns a nearby plaza, said he recently saw another alligator.

Frank Kisinski said a gator busted a drainage pipe near his front door.

“He went that way. Look how he crushed the pipe,” Kisinski said.

Kisinski said with all of the construction going on recently, the alligators have less room to roam.

Most recently, another gator was sighted on the Deep Creek Golf Course.