Deputies: Woman killed in alligator attack at pond near home
Kiawah Island, SC (AP) – Deputies shot and killed an alligator that fatally attacked a woman on Friday, authorities said.
The officers were called to a pond on Kiawah Island, South Carolina around 5 p.m. and saw the animal attack, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said.
The woman was dead. [She has been identified as Cynthia Covert, 58, of Johns Island.]
Deputies retrieved the alligator’s carcass to help with the investigation, deputies said on Twitter.
Authorities did not say if they knew what the woman or the alligator were doing before the attack.
This is the third fatal alligator attack in South Carolina in the past four years.
A 90-year-old woman walked out of a Charleston nursing home in 2016 and was killed.
A 45-year-old woman walking her dog was fatally attacked on Hilton Head Island in August 2018.
Before those attacks, South Carolina had never recorded a person killed by an alligator.