Pete Butt Alligator Attack

Gestern wurde mein Freund Pete Butt in der Nähe von Silver Springs beim Aufnehmen von Wasserproben für seinen Arbeitgeber, Karst Environmental Service aus High Springs von einem 11ft 3in langen Alligator angegriffen. Pete, ein erfahrener Taucher konnte sich Gott sei Dank befreien, musste aber mit starken Kopf- und Schulterverletzungen ins Shands Krankenhaus nach Gainsville geflogen werden.

Nach ersten Meldungen von Pete´s Lebensgefährtin Georgia befindet er sich mittlerweile ausser Lebensgefahr. Ein gebrochener Kiefer, ausgeschlagene Zähne und etliche Fleischwunden werden ihn nicht davon abhalten wieder tauchen zu gehen

Der Alligator, der schon seit Jahren in der Nähe sesshaft ist, wurde wohl von Menschen angefüttert und war nicht mehr scheu. Das ist wohl der Grund wieso es zu diesem Angriff kam, den der Gator selbst jetzt auch mit dem Leben bezahlen musste.

Update: Pete sitzt schon im Rollstuhl und schlürft Gelee. Lt. einer Freundin sieht er allerdings etwas durchgekaut aus;-)

Update: Heute, Freitag, den 24.06. wurde Pete schon aus dem Krankenhaus entlassen!

Yesterday a friend of mine, Pete Butt was attacked by a 11ft 3in long alligator while taking water samples close to Silver Springs, Florida.

Fortunately Pete could free himself and escaped. Severely wounded he was airlifted to Shands hospital in Gainsville.

The gator who was used to humans feeding him wasn´t shy anymore and attacked. Unfortunately he had to pay with his life too.


Adding text of the article for history’s sake (in case the newspaper changes its link). My best wishes to Pete and his wife, and Tom, during Pete’s hopefully very quick and complete recovery:

High Springs researcher critical after alligator attack


Bruce Ackerman/Star-Banner

An 11 and a half foot Florida Alligator is shown in the back of a Nuisance Gator Trapper’s pickup truck after the large male was trapped and killed after he attacked Pete Butt at Silver Springs Attraction in Silver Springs, Fla. on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. Butt was taking water samples for the the St. John’s River Water Management District when he was attacked by the gator in an area of water called the Fort King Canal. Butt was airlifted to Shands in Gainesville with a possible broken jaw and serious face and neck lacerations.

By Austin L. Miller
Staff writer

Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 8:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 10:30 p.m.
SILVER SPRINGS — A High Springs researcher was snorkeling in the Silver River on Tuesday when he was attacked by an alligator that bit his neck and possibly broke his jaw.


Nuisance Gator Trappers for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Jerry Ziegler, left, and Al Roberts, right, move an 11 and a half foot Florida Alligator in the back of a pickup truck after trapping and killing the large male after the gator attacked Pete Butt at Silver Springs Attraction in Silver Springs, Fla. on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. Butt was taking water samples for the St. John’s River Water Management District when he was attacked by the gator in an area of water called the Fort King Canal. Butt was airlifted to Shands in Gainesville with a possible broken jaw and serious face and neck lacerations.

Bruce Ackerman/Staff photographer

Peter Butt, 54, is operations manager for Karst Environmental Services Inc. of High Springs. He was checking water samples about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday when the gator — measured at 11 feet, 3 inches long — bit him, according to Eric Hutcheson, a friend of the victim.

Butt was taken by helicopter to Shands at the University of Florida, where he was listed in critical condition Tuesday night.

According to Hutcheson, the victim was working with a colleague, Tom Morris, as part of Karst’s ongoing work concerning water quality and the aquifer. Morris had checked water samples in that area just a short time before Butt did. Morris called for help when the gator attacked. The incident happened outside the boundaries of the Silver Springs attraction.

Karst Environmental Services is a consulting firm west of High Springs that provides scientific services having to do with springs, sinkholes, rivers and other ecosystems.

A trapper worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to locate the alligator Tuesday night, after which the alligator was killed.

Video zum Vorfall: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/…ck.wkmg?hpt=C2

23. Juni 2010 Allgemeines, Open Water

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