WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A 49-year-old man endured severe injuries to one of his hands when an alligator attacked him in Palm Beach County, Fla., police say.
Sheriff's Deputy William Hess said Raymundo Velasco was attacked this week by the potentially deadly animal while he was traveling by Lake Osborne in John Prince Memorial Park, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel said Wednesday.
"He was dragged under water and he fought for his life," Hess said of Tuesday's alligator attack.
Velasco was able to free himself from the alligators jaws and soon approached Hess, who had been investigating a suicide in the park that day.
Wildlife commission investigator Jon Garzaniti said Velasco suffered non-life-threatening injuries to the index and middle fingers on his left hand.
The attack by the alligator, thought to be nearly 8 feet long, marked the first of its type in Florida this year, the Sun-Sentinel said.
The newspaper said a search for the alligator has yielded no results to date.