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Alligator bites man’s arm after diving into water to retrieve golf balls

By Mason White 5:12 PM August 24, 2017
Scott Lahodik
Scott Lahodik
By: William Martin

(Scroll down for video) A man in Florida, is lucky to be alive after being attacked by an alligator while searching for golf balls in the water.

50-year-old Scott Lahodik of Fort Myers, said that he had been diving and searching for golf balls ever since he retired from the military.

On Friday, he dove into the water at the Rotonda Golf and Country Club, and began his search for golf balls when the alligator attacked him.

The alligator bit into his arm, and began swimming away with him.

When the alligator rolled over several times without letting go of his arm, Lahodik knew that he had no choice but to fight back.

With his free hand, Lahodik began punching the alligator in the eyes numerous times until it let go.

Lahodik quickly left the water and jumped into a golf cart.

Lahodik was taken to the Lee Memorial Hospital, where he received 400 stitches and staples on his arm.

Lahodik conceded that his career of diving for golf balls is over.

Lahodik’s wife, Maritza Lahodik, said that it was a miracle her husband survived the attack.

Maritza’s son wrote on GoFundMe: “On July 7, my dad, Scott Lahodik, a Marine, husband, and father of seven children, was working in South Florida as one of only a handful of professional golf ball retrieval experts at a golf course, when he was severely attacked by a 10 foot alligator.

“The gator grabbed his left arm, and took him into a death roll. My dad was miraculously able to get free from the gator, but suffered major blood loss, extensive damage, and is in tremendous amount of pain.”

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