(CNN)A person was killed by an alligator near in the Myrtle Beach Golf and Yacht Club, according to police.
The alligator took hold of a person near the edge of a retention pond on Friday, according to a Facebook post from the Horry County Police Department.
Following the attack, the alligator returned to the retention pond.
The victim’s body was recovered from the pond and the alligator was removed and euthanized, police say.
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DEATH INVESTIGATION INVOLVING ALLIGATOR
Horry County Police Department | June 24 at 4:48 PM
HCPD Environmental Services and Criminal Investigations Divisions are working a death investigation in which an alligator killed a community member.
Around 11:45 a.m., Horry County Fire Rescue responded to a water rescue call in the area of Excalaber Court outside of Myrtle Beach. HCPD and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Section and SCDNR Law Enforcement Division responded to assist.
Upon arrival, units determined that an alligator took hold of a neighbor who was near the edge of a retention pond and retreated into the retention pond.
The SCDNR biologist and an SCDNR-contracted alligator removal service determined that the alligator should be humanely euthanized on site.
The victim was recovered from the pond, and the alligator removed.
Horry County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene. The HCPD death investigation remains underway.
Our hearts go out to the family and community members impacted by this tragic incident.
6/24/22 at 11 p.m.: Updated at SCDNR request to clarify that the victim was near the retention pond at the time of the initial incident.