HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (AP) — A South Carolina woman died Tuesday after being attacked by an alligator while walking her dog near a golf course, authorities said.
The 69-year-old woman, who has not been named, was found dead in the Spanish Wells community of Hilton Head Island, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
The woman was found at the edge of a lagoon bordering a golf course. An alligator appeared to be guarding the woman, disrupting emergency rescue efforts, the sheriff’s office said.
The alligator was safely removed and the woman’s body recovered. An autopsy is in progress.
The dog was found safe and sound, said Major Angela Viens, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.
This is the second fatal alligator attack in Beaufort County in the past year, sheriff’s officials said. An 88-year-old woman from Sun City was attacked by an alligator in a lagoon near her home in August 2022.
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