It is one thing to be attacked by a ferocious alligator. It is another story when survival hinged on waiting an extended period of time for help. The story of one Florida man’s amazing ordeal ” Florida Man Survives a Gator Attack Ordeal” was recently posted on the Youtube Video below from Associated Press.
James Boyce was the victim and his comment on the situation was: “Sometimes you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time and he was maybe waiting for something to eat. And I happened to be dinner.”
That comment was made as Boyce was leaving the hospital. He spent three days recovering from his wounds.
It all started on Saturday morning, Nov. 9. Boyce and his wife Terisa were hunting on a vast property of Southern Florida wildlife area when he was first attacked. Terisa also had her son along for the day.
How Does A Florida Man Survive a Gator Attack?
The victim never saw the gator but he quickly felt it attack. “All I felt was an electrical shock. And I screamed.” Boyce continued, “I turn and look and I’m like, ‘My God, there’s an animal eating my leg. I was going to shoot him at first, but I was afraid of blowing my leg off. So, I took the butt of my gun and started smashing him in the face with it.”
The gator failed to loosen his grip on the leg. Boyce made the decision to shoot anyway just when the gator did let go and ran away. He reasoned that it was better to lose a leg than lose his life.
Boyce quickly used both his and his wife’s belt as a tourniquet around the heavily injured leg. The bleeding continued as Terisa called 911. He knew that the injury required immediate attention.
In the conversation with the emergency service, she told the 911 dispatcher that “I need a helicopter, an ambulance, something. My husband just got bit really bad in the leg.
The issue with Boyce’s would-be rescuers was the remoteness of his location. They were unable to locate the trio over the wide span of wildlife territory. James’ lack of mobility hindered his attempts to move to a more visible portion of the property.
Two hours passed coupled with a massive loss of blood. Boyce began to resign himself to the fact that we was not going to make it.
“I made my peace with everybody and told Terisa to say goodbye to the kids, love everybody.” Terisa told her husband not to give up. Her response was “You’re not going to die. You’re not going to die.”
At that point, a Martin County helicopter with first responders was in the area. It could not locate the trio at first. However, other hunters in the area with swamp buggies aided the search and rescue attempt.
A buggy was used to transport James to the helicopter. Once at the hospital, he needed surgery to repair the wound. His leg required a large amount of stiches but Boyce, The Florida Man, is expected to make a full recovery.
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