Teenager Loses Arm To Gator

A Glades County teenager is recovering after an alligator attack took off part of his right arm.

Authorities say Kaleb Langdale, 17, also known as ‘Fred,’ was swimming with friends in the Caloosahatchee River Monday in Moore Haven when the gator suddenly attacked.

He was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital as trappers began a search to find the alligator, and the boy’s missing arm.

Friends say the gator attack seemed to come out of nowhere.

These teens, like many of the families in Moore Haven are well aware of the presence of alligators in the water; but wildlife officials say now happens to be a very active time of year for gators.

FWC officers say there had been reports of two gators called in from that same area earlier in the day.

Officials say the arm was found inside the gator, but friends said doctors were not able to reattach the limb.

The gator was about a 10-and-a-half-feet.