CHARLESTON - A 77-year-old man was stable Friday, one day after an alligator tore off part of his arm on a Fripp Island golf course.
Officials said quick thinking by the man's golfing buddies saved his life, but it was unclear whether doctors were able to save his arm.
Dave Corneliussen, owner of Tracks Wildlife Control on Lady's Island, said the 10-foot-long, 400-pound gator was about two or three feet from the shoreline when he arrived at the island's Ocean Creek Golf course about an hour after the attack.
Tracks Wildlife Control eventually caught it about 30 minutes later using a line with a hook. It was later killed.
Corneliussen said they retrieved the arm from the alligator's stomach and sent it to Medical University Hospital. The arm had been detached from just below the elbow.
Hospital officials said Friday the family has asked that no information about the man be released.
According to a Fripp Island representative, the attack happened about 3 p.m. Thursday, when the man leaned down to pick up his ball on the 11th hole and the alligator grabbed his arm and pulled him into the pond. His golf buddies grabbed him before the gator tugged and snapped off the arm.