Woman who ‘wanted to get close to alligator’ dragged to her death

An American woman killed by an alligator had told a friend she wanted to get close to the large reptile.

Police in South Carolina said 58-year-old Cynthia Covert had not screamed when the alligator grabbed her in its mouth and dragged her into a pond on Kiawah Island on Friday.

According to a friend she was staying with, Ms Covert had not seemed herself that day and had walked toward the alligator.

The animal was shot and killed by a police officer in an attempt to get Ms Covert away from it.

Officers were called to the pond at about 5pm local time and saw the attack.

The alligator’s body was retrieved to help with the investigation.

There have been three fatal alligator attacks in South Carolina over the past four years.

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A 90-year-old woman was killed after walking out of a Charleston nursing home in 2016, and a 45-year-old woman was fatally attacked while walking her dog on Hilton Head Island in August 2018.

Before then, there are no records of a person killed by an alligator in South Carolina.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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