An elderly woman was found dead in Sarasota County pond Friday night after falling in and being attacked by multiple alligators.
According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, a death investigation is underway at Cayman Isles Boulevard and Golf View Drive at the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club in Sarasota County.
The woman was by her home when she fell into the water. While struggling, two alligators were seen near the woman.
The alligators grabbed the woman while she was still in the water.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. FWC responded to capture and remove the alligators from the pond.
According to FWC, a woman’s body was found and confirmed dead.
Two alligators have been removed from the area. One was 8-feet, 10-inches and the other was 7-feet, 7-inches. It’s unknown if the alligators were involved in the incident.
This is an active investigation, WINK News will provide more details when they’re available.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said the medical examiner will determine the woman’s cause of death.
FWC declined to comment on the specific case, but said alligators become more visible because of “warmer temperatures.
“They become more visible when temperatures rise because their metabolism increases and they will begin to seek prey items such as fish, snakes, turtles, birds and small mammals,” FWC said.
To keep safe, swim only in a designated swimming area during daylight hours. Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn. Additionally, people should avoid feeding alligators.