10 Jul '17, 6pm

This 51-year-old Marine veteran survived an alligator's "death roll"

This 51-year-old Marine veteran survived an alligator's "death roll"

STUART, Fla. (Tribune News Service) — Indian River County resident Scott Lahodik was just doing his job — diving for golf balls — when a 10-foot alligator latched onto his arm Friday. Miraculously, the 51-year-old Marine Corps veteran survived the alligator's "death roll," his wife said Monday from his bedside at Lee Memorial Hospital. The alligator rolled over and over as it took him to the bottom of the 10-foot-deep lake at the Palms Course, Rotunda Golf & Country Club. Lahodik had the presence of mind to go limp, to make the alligator think he had died. He wanted to prevent further shredding of his arm, Maritza Lahodik said. The animal didn't loosen its grip. "I started punching him up by the eye, and then he let go," Lahodik said. He swam 10 yards to shore, fearing all the time the alligator would latch onto his legs. Lahodik crawled onto land and didn't stop. Nobody w...

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