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Fort Myers man attacked by alligator at Wa-Ke Hatchee Park

Park is five miles from Fort Myers Beach

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Aug 24, 2021

A 60-year-old Fort Myers man was treated for serious injuries after sustaining wounds from an alligator attack Monday.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported to the incident near Wa-Ke Hatchee Park on Bass Road in Fort Myers at about 4 p.m. The park is about five miles from Fort Myers Beach.

The victim, identified by the FWC as William Grant Simmons, sustained bite wounds to his left arm and left side chest/torso which were considered serious.

Simmons was spotted by Good Samaritan who was fishing along that remote roadway at the time, said FWC spokesman Adam Brown. “The Good Samaritan recognized the severe injuries to the victim and quickly rendered medical aid while calling for Lee County EMS. He was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital to be treated,” Brown said in an email.

As of Tuesday afternoon, “our investigators have not been able to speak to Mr. Simmons, therefore many details continue to be unavailable,” Brown said.

“The trapping efforts for the alligator are ongoing and we will provide updates when available. This incident continues to be under investigation by the FWC,” Brown said.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Lee County EMS also responded to the incident.

According to the FWC, serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida. The FWC administers a Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) to address complaints concerning specific alligators believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property. People with concerns about an alligator should call FWC’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286). When someone concerned about an alligator calls the Nuisance Alligator Hotline, the FWC will dispatch a contracted nuisance alligator trapper to resolve the situation.