Florida record golfer bitten by an 11-foot crocodile and dragged back to the pond at the park in Cleartwater

Richard Peel, 35, was saved by witnesses who saw him being bitten and dragged to a pond by an 11-foot alligator in Florida on Monday, after he got into the water while playing golf.

A Florida man is lucky to be alive after being bitten and dragged to a pond by an 11-foot crocodile in Clearwater on Monday night.

Richard Peel, 35, was playing disc golf at Cliff Stephens Park when one of his records entered the pond, officials at Clearwater Fire Rescue said.

He entered the pond and retrieved his disk, but before he could leave again, the alligator bit him and dragged him back.

Fortunately, the spectators formed a "human ladder" to rescue Peel from certain death.

"I guess they ran and formed a ladder between them and they could get it out," said Derrick Moody, who lives near the park, at Fox 13.

It was known that there was a crocodile in the area, before Peel entered the pond, according to officials.

"The crocodile was seen before he entered the water, so we always recommend that people stay away from the murky waters," said Florida Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Commission (FWC) spokeswoman Ashley Tyer .

Richard Peel, 35, was saved by witnesses who saw him being bitten and dragged to a pond by an 11-foot alligator in Florida on Monday, after he got into the water while playing golf.

Richard Peel, 35, was saved by witnesses who saw him being bitten and dragged to a pond by an 11-foot alligator in Florida on Monday, after he got into the water while playing golf.

Peel entered the pond and retrieved his disc, but before he could leave again, the alligator bit him and dragged him back

Peel entered the pond and retrieved his disc, but before he could leave again, the alligator bit him and dragged him back

Peel entered the pond and retrieved his disc, but before he could leave again, the alligator bit him and dragged him back

The Clearwater Police Department tweeted a photo of one of the trappers straddling the alligator between his legs, after it was taken out of the pond and before it was restricted.

The Clearwater Police Department tweeted a photo of one of the trappers straddling the alligator between his legs, after it was taken out of the pond and before it was restricted.

The Clearwater Police Department tweeted a photo of one of the trappers straddling the alligator between his legs, after it was taken out of the pond and before it was restricted.

Peel was taken to the hospital, with what appeared to be non-fatal injuries, police said.

The alligators were removed from the pond by the trappers and the FWC.

The Clearwater Police Department tweeted a photo of one of the trappers who straddled the alligator between his legs, before it was restricted.

& # 39; Gator is about 11 feet long. It has been taken off the lake by @MYFWC and trappers, & # 39; the Clearwater Police Department tweeted on Monday

& # 39; Gator is about 11 feet long. It has been taken off the lake by @MYFWC and trappers, & # 39; the Clearwater Police Department tweeted on Monday

& # 39; Gator is about 11 feet long. It has been taken off the lake by @MYFWC and trappers, & # 39; the Clearwater Police Department tweeted on Monday

At one point, it took four men to drag the crocodile across the lawn into a trailer, before their feet and jaws could be tied.

At one point, it took four men to drag the crocodile across the lawn into a trailer, before their feet and jaws could be tied.

At one point, it took four men to drag the crocodile across the lawn into a trailer, before their feet and jaws could be tied.

& # 39; Gator is about 11 feet long. It has been taken off the lake by @MYFWC and the trappers, & # 39; the Clearwater Police Department tweeted on Monday.

At one point, it took four men to drag the crocodile across the lawn into a trailer, before their feet and jaws could be tied.

After the reptile was retained, it was loaded onto a closed trailer and transported without incident.

After restraining the reptile, he was loaded onto a closed trailer and taken away in a cart.

After restraining the reptile, he was loaded onto a closed trailer and taken away in a cart.

After restraining the reptile, he was loaded onto a closed trailer and taken away in a cart.

A man loaded the crocodile in the trailer, alone, while the police documented the effort

A man loaded the crocodile in the trailer, alone, while the police documented the effort

A man loaded the crocodile in the trailer, alone, while the police documented the effort

Peel was taken to the hospital, with what appeared to be life-threatening injuries

Peel was taken to the hospital, with what appeared to be life-threatening injuries

Peel was taken to the hospital, with what appeared to be life-threatening injuries

A man loaded the crocodile in the trailer, alone, while the police documented the effort.

"This is the trip for the suspect," the department wrote after the crocodile was insured inside, along with a photo of the trailer, with a sign that read: "STATE TRAP, DANGER, LIVE PARTNERS".

A second smaller crocodile was also found and removed as a precautionary measure, authorities said.

"This is the trip for the suspect," the department tweeted after the crocodile was insured inside, along with a photo of the trailer, with a sign that read: "STATUS TRAP, DANGER, ALIVE PARTNERS".

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