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Nichole Tillman (pictured on a stretcher), 26, was seriously injured by a gator while swimming in Fay Lake Wilderness Park in Florida

Florida, 26, is seriously injured by an 8-meter alligator biting her thigh while swimming in a lake

  • Nichole Tillman, 26, was seriously injured by alligators while swimming in a lake
  • She suffered from & # 39; significant bite injuries & # 39; in the Fay Lake Wilderness Park on Saturday
  • Brevard County firefighters said an 8-meter long alligator bit from Tillman
  • She was taken to a nearby hospital with a non-life-threatening injury, police said
  • A short time later, alligator trapper reacted to the scene and removed the gator
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A 26-year-old woman was seriously injured by an alligator while swimming in a Florida lake during the weekend.

The Brevard County Fire Rescue said that Nichole Tillman, from Melbourne, Florida, & # 39; had sustained significant injuries & # 39; in the Fay Lake Wilderness Park on Saturday.

Brevard County Fire District chief Thomas Uzel said that Tillman was in the forest, swam in the lake & # 39; when an 8 meter long alligator bit her thigh.

Nichole Tillman (pictured on a stretcher), 26, was seriously injured by a gator while swimming in Fay Lake Wilderness Park in Florida

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Nichole Tillman (pictured on a stretcher), 26, was seriously injured by a gator while swimming in Fay Lake Wilderness Park in Florida

Photos of the rescue shows where first responders lift her back in an ambulance. She was then placed in a helicopter and flown to Holmes Regional Medical Center

Photos of the rescue shows where first responders lift her back in an ambulance. She was then placed in a helicopter and flown to Holmes Regional Medical Center

Photos of the rescue shows where first responders lift her back in an ambulance. She was then placed in a helicopter and flown to Holmes Regional Medical Center

Witness Dave Nygard told ABC news that about a dozen people had deep water from waist to chest when the victim started screaming, and luckily some boys responded and grabbed her & # 39 ;.

Nygard said he thought it was all a joke until they pulled her out of the water and saw that her & thigh was open & # 39 ;.

As soon as people saw her injury, they ran out of the water and tried to help Tillman.

& # 39; So then about 30 seconds later I see a gatorkop pop up. It was all 8 feet, & Nygard added.

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Her injuries are not life threatening. No other injuries have been reported.

Photos of the rescue shows where first responders lift her back in an ambulance.

A short time later, an alligator trapper responded to the scene and removed the reptile (file image) that attacked Tillman from the area.

A short time later, an alligator trapper responded to the scene and removed the reptile (file image) that attacked Tillman from the area.

A short time later, an alligator trapper responded to the scene and removed the reptile (file image) that attacked Tillman from the area.

She was then placed in a helicopter and flown to Holmes Regional Medical Center.

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A short time later, an alligator trapper responded to the scene and removed the reptile that attacked Tillman from the area.

According to first respondents, the attack on Tillman is the first in the area in about 35 years.

Officials warn residents to look for alligators in or near water.

Alligators are more active during the spring and summer months.

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