Man retrieving disc golf disc bitten by 11-foot alligator in Clearwater pond


A man was bitten by an 11-foot alligator after he tried to retrieve a disc golf disc from a pond in Clearwater, authorities said.

The incident occurred at Cliff Stephens Park on Monday afternoon.

Emergency officials said the 35-year-old man, identified as Richard Peel, was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He apparently had injuries to his torso, stomach and left arm.

Witnesses said Peel retrieved discs from the pond for tips.

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Witnesses also told us three men formed a “daisy chain” to help get Peel out of the water.

One man said it was lucky they did, or Peel wouldn’t have survived.

People in the area know the large gator as “Fat Daddy.”

The gator is well known to the people in the area, who say they see the animal in the pond a lot.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the incident.

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