MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10 | CNN) –On Wednesday, July 20, a man sustained “serious injuries to his arm” after being attacked by an alligator in Manatee County, Florida.
Eric Merda, 43, of Sarasota County, was bitten by an alligator near Lake Manatee Fish Camp, according to a statement from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) shared with CNN. The camp is located along Lake Manatee, an artificial reservoir on the state’s western coast.READ MORE: Trump says he took the Fifth in questioning in New York Attorney General fraud investigation
FWC, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and Manatee County EMS all responded to the incident, according to the FWC. Merda was transported to the hospital and FWC dispatched a contracted nuisance alligator trapper to the scene.READ MORE: Gabby Petito's Family Seeks $50 Million From Utah Police Department For Inadequate Response To Brian Laundrie's Abuse
The attack comes less than a week after an elderly woman was killed by two alligators in a lake along a golf course in Englewood, Florida.
There have been two previous fatal alligator attacks in the US this year: In late May, a man was killed by alligators after searching for Frisbees in a Florida lake, and in June a person was killed by an alligator in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.MORE NEWS: The FDA Authorizes Change In How Monkeypox Vaccine Is Given
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