Man suffers multiple alligator bites in Port Charlotte while bathing in retention pond

Posted at 1:05 PM, Jul 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-25 06:54:53-04

A man was trauma alerted to an area hospital Monday morning after an alligator attacked him in a retention pond off Kings Highway.

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The attacked happened around 10:20 a.m. Monday in the area of Suncoast Boulevard and King's Highway in Port Charlotte.

According to Charlotte County Fire & EMS, the victim had multiple sites of trauma and was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  He is reported to be in stable condition now.

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Florida Fish and Wildlife has identified the victim as 68-year-old Fredric Iman, who is reported to be homeless.  He suffered injuries to his left foot and leg, left hand, and groin.

FWC says he was bathing in a retention pond at the time of the attack.

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The 9-foot gator was removed from the scene and will be euthanized.

This is the fifth reported alligator bite in Southwest Florida this month:

  • July 16: A man was attacked in the Peace River near Arcadia
  • July 9: A woman was attacked by an alligator while gardening in San Carlos Park
  • July 7: A golf ball diver was bitten by an alligator in Rotonda
  • July 7: A 10-year-old boy was bitten in the foot while cooling off in the Peace River in Arcadia

The location of Monday's attack: