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S0Noma
12-01-2006, 02:02 PM
By TRAVIS REED
Associated Press Writer

LAKELAND - (AP) -- ''A gator's got me! A gator's got me!'' a man can be heard frantically screaming on a witnesses' 911 call to Polk County authorities.

The dispatcher advises the man in the gator's clutches -- who was naked and high on crack cocaine -- to punch the 12-foot alligator in the snout.

''Too big!'' the man, Adrian J. Apgar, can be heard hollering in the background of the 911 call.

''Help's on the way, bro!'' a bystander yells to the man being mangled by the reptile.

And indeed, the man would be rescued by Polk County sheriff's deputies, although not before suffering grave injuries in the encounter.

Adrian J. Apgar was taken to the hospital in critical condition with an apparent broken right arm, leg injuries and his left arm hanging by a tendon.

The three-way exchanges are preserved on a surreal 911 call between a man who called police to report distant screams in the middle of the night. The man stayed on the line as he approached where the screams originated -- a lake in Polk County.

As it became clear what was happening, the dispatcher advised the caller on how the man in the lake might fend off the gator. The caller yelled these instructions to the man in the lake. The man in the lake yelled back that the instructions weren't working. The caller related this to the dispatcher.

The deputies, who got the summons about 4 a.m. Wednesday and arrived soon after, said they could not shoot the animal because it was too dark and they might have hit the victim or one another, the sheriff's office said.

''It is an incredibly bacteria-filled environment that he was exposed to,'' Judd said.

It was not clear why Apgar was in the lake.

The deputies -- Michael Parker, Billy Osborne, David Clements and Sgt. Andrew Williams -- carried Apgar about 40 feet, up a steep incline and to an ambulance ashore. None of the four was injured in the gator-infested waters.

''I remember him saying, 'I'm over here, get here quick, he's still got me, he's going to kill me, my arms are broken,''' Parker said.

The deputies' boots sunk in mud with each step they took, and the water lapped chest-high on some. It took several efforts to get the 6-foot-1, 250-pound man out of the water even after the gator let loose because they were exhausted. They had to find the man by sound, through thick brush and cattails in the middle of the night.

At various points, one or two of the deputies were standing by, weapons pulled, on the lookout for other gators. Apgar told them he felt at least one more in the water.

''I was holding my shotgun. It's kind of hard to walk through that with a flashlight and a shotgun,'' Parker said.

Osborne said he was pulled Apgar's arms while the gator gripped his lower half. The reptile loosened his jaws and Osborne thought he was free, but the animal lunged again.

The deputies said they were scared, but didn't have time to think.

''It was a human being, he was dying. He needed help,'' Osborne said. ``I knew my partners were behind me. They were watching; I wasn't too afraid another gator was going to get me.''

The alligator believed to have bitten the man was caught at about 1 p.m., roughly seven hours after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission trappers set out bait. Though there's no way to be certain it's the right one, the animal caught was aggressive and found near the attack site.

'I said, `Well how big did you think the alligator was?' [The deputies] said 'about the size of a school bus,' '' Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.

It took 15-20 minutes to pull Apgar to shore from the moment they arrived on scene, the deputies estimated.
http://www.miami.com/images/miami/miamiherald/16134/260317248800.jpg
THE CULPRIT: State contracted trappers, John Wilson, left, Dallas Haynie and Scot Barbon, right work to secure the alligator they captured from Lake Parker.
JIM REED/AP PHOTO/TAMPA TRIBUNE

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Deeman3
12-01-2006, 03:39 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote S0Noma:</font><hr>
It was not clear why Apgar was in the lake.

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<font color="blue"> Maybe it's a little clearer to me.

APGAR is an idiot?

APGAR was using crack cocain?

APGAR had friends who had rather wait for police than pull his stupid butt out of harm's way.

APGAR was waiting on FEMA to respond and will shortly be identified as the true victim he is and sue the federal government for allowing alligators to inhabit a place he normally uses crack.

APGAR, unlike 90% of the other Florida residence knows you don't do crack in a lake without at least a .45 automatic parked next to your bong.....

DeeMan

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FatsRedux
12-02-2006, 12:13 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Deeman3:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote S0Noma:</font><hr>
It was not clear why Apgar was in the lake.

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<font color="blue"> Maybe it's a little clearer to me.

APGAR is an idiot?

APGAR was using crack cocain?

APGAR had friends who had rather wait for police than pull his stupid butt out of harm's way.

APGAR was waiting on FEMA to respond and will shortly be identified as the true victim he is and sue the federal government for allowing alligators to inhabit a place he normally uses crack.

APGAR, unlike 90% of the other Florida residence knows you don't do crack in a lake without at least a .45 automatic parked next to your bong.....

DeeMan

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Yo Dee, you sure have a way of cutting thru the BS,LOL.

Yeah, ol' Apgar is an [censored]! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Fats

Chopstick
12-02-2006, 01:53 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Deeman3:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote S0Noma:</font><hr>
It was not clear why Apgar was in the lake.

<hr /></blockquote>
<font color="blue"> Maybe it's a little clearer to me.

APGAR is an idiot?

APGAR was using crack cocain?

APGAR had friends who had rather wait for police than pull his stupid butt out of harm's way.

APGAR was waiting on FEMA to respond and will shortly be identified as the true victim he is and sue the federal government for allowing alligators to inhabit a place he normally uses crack.

APGAR, unlike 90% of the other Florida residence knows you don't do crack in a lake without at least a .45 automatic parked next to your bong.....

DeeMan

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Night, nekked, and in the water. He can't have been from around here. Gators hunt at night. Still there was a couple over in Tampa skinny dipping at night and got tagged.

They'll even jump up out of the water and snag you right out of the boat. Happened to a young boy not too long ago. Right in front of his daddy.

Can you beleive that the damn things are still on the endangered species list. Now days if you go anywhere near water you had better be paying attention. Even if it's just a small pond and there wasn't one in there yesterday.

I know this one old gater lives up on a bend in the St. Johns river just north of town. I found him up on the bank one day but he wouldn't let me get close enough for a decent picture. The first time I ever saw him he poked his head up out of the water to have a look at me. He was about 50 feet away. Looked like Godzilla starin at me. Up on the bank he looks to be about 16 or 17 feet long.

cushioncrawler
12-02-2006, 06:12 PM
I googled wiki.
.....According to the Everglades National Park website, the largest alligator ever recorded in Florida was 17 feet 5 inches long (5.3 meters). The largest alligator ever recorded measured 19 feet 2 inches (5.8 meters) and was found on Marsh Island, Louisiana. Few of the giant specimens were weighed, but the larger ones could have exceeded a ton in weight.

The largest crack-uzer ever recorded measured 7 feet 2 inches. Few of these giant specimens were weighed, but the larger ones could have exceeded a half-ton in weight.
madMac.

DickLeonard
12-04-2006, 07:59 AM
MadMac I watched a Discovery channel program on your Countries poisinious jelly fish keeping your beaches clear of human waste. Is it as serious a threat as the program made out? ####

Fasteddy7
12-04-2006, 09:01 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Deeman3:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote S0Noma:</font><hr>
APGAR was waiting on FEMA to respond and will shortly be identified as the true victim he is and sue the federal government for allowing alligators to inhabit a place he normally uses crack.

APGAR, unlike 90% of the other Florida residence knows you don't do crack in a lake without at least a .45 automatic parked next to your bong.....

DeeMan

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Crack isnt smoked in a bong, if the guy had a bong he wouldnt be out swimming naked at 4 am. He would be home eating cheetos watching porn.

Deeman3
12-04-2006, 09:19 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Fasteddy7:</font><hr> </font color> <hr /></blockquote>
Crack isnt smoked in a bong, if the guy had a bong he wouldnt be out swimming naked at 4 am. He would be home eating cheetos watching porn. <hr /></blockquote> <font color="blue">

Freddie,

I bow to your obviously more intimate knowledge of crack. I don't get out of the pool halls much anymore... </font color>

DeeMan

Gayle in MD
12-04-2006, 09:27 AM
Wow, did you also have a gun with you at the time, I hope?
They run pretty fast on land, don't they? I'd be terrified of living where there are gators.

I've always wondered if gators provide any positive service to the environment. Like, is there anything they eat, of which we need to keep the population down, other than Crack users, that is. /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Gayle...

Stretch
12-04-2006, 10:08 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Gayle in MD:</font><hr> Wow, did you also have a gun with you at the time, I hope?
They run pretty fast on land, don't they? I'd be terrified of living where there are gators.

I've always wondered if gators provide any positive service to the environment. Like, is there anything they eat, of which we need to keep the population down, other than Crack users, that is. /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Gayle...
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Gale Gators are at the top of the food chain and so thier numbers reflect the relative health of the overall condition of the environment.. Other than that, i can't think of much else unless you include thier notoriety as a tourist attraction and disposal mechanism for the overpopulated, unwary, and foolhardy. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif St. ( they make great handbags, shoes and belts too! )

Gayle in MD
12-04-2006, 10:39 AM
LOL, I once had a pair of alligator shoes, with matching purse, back in my teens, don't think that's allowed anymore, though.

When I was ten or so, a man who owned a Large paper company that my father bought a lot of paper from for his printing plant, offered annual use of his huge estate in Ft. Meyers, Florida, at Christmas time. He had an alligator, on the compound, which was housed in a six to eight foot deep concrete pen, the top of which was about three feet above ground, with an iron grill on top. The caretakers dropped whole chickens, and hunks of pork, through a trap door, for the alligator to eat. I used to watch them feed him everyday. He was very old, and huge. It was really sad, to see the way he was kept. Today, the animal Rescue League would be all over that, I'll bet.

Gayle in Md...

cushioncrawler
12-04-2006, 02:41 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote DickLeonard:</font><hr> MadMac I watched a Discovery channel program on your Countries poisinious jelly fish keeping your beaches clear of human waste. Is it as serious a threat as the program made out?...<hr /></blockquote>
Box jellyfish live along the bit of coast protected by the barrier reef (but not in winter) -- i dont think that they are ever found at "surf beaches". If u visit my old home-town of Townsville, u will see meshnets that they drag out into the water to help protect swimmers from jellyfish (and sharks). And, at regular intervals along the beach, bottles of vinegar (ie at warning signs), to pour over any stings. Some swimmers wear pantyhose sorts of suits -- these somehow protect u apparantly.

But, most swim in the hi-level salt pool, safely away from the danger. The only trouble is that they have now found a thumbsize box jellyfish that is as bad as the bigger one -- and these can get throo the nets, and throo the pumps into the pools.

There are allso large searchlights along the main beaches, for nite swimming -- apparantly the croc eyes shine a different color to humans.

The Townsville hospital is near the beach -- and the cemetery is further out behind the hill.

But down south here in Victoria, the water is too cold for box jellyfish. We have the (small) blue-ringed octopus (yes, the water is very cold) -- unless someone can apply mouth to mouth, u die in minutes if bitten. madMac.

S0Noma
12-04-2006, 05:01 PM
Now you've got these little bastards to worry about too. They're tiny, the size of a thumbnail (go right on through standard barrier netting). Their sting has the potency of a full sized Box Jellyfish.

http://www.barrierreefaustralia.com/the-great-barrier-reef/c_barnesi.jpg

"Thumbnail Jellyfish" (http://www.barrierreefaustralia.com/the-great-barrier-reef/irukandji.htm)

heater451
12-04-2006, 05:17 PM
Everything is crazy-angry-poisonous down there: snakes, spiders, snails (yes, snails), jellyfish. . .

And of course, always remember: Don't play with the blue-ringed octupus.



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cushioncrawler
12-04-2006, 05:30 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote heater451:</font><hr> Everything is crazy-angry-poisonous down there: snakes, spiders, snails (yes, snails), jellyfish. . . And of course, always remember: Don't play with the blue-ringed octupus.... <hr /></blockquote>

Trees are the main worry -- dont stand under'em -- they drop big branches, especially on windless days -- i think that they are developing a "one-hit" antivenom for tourists for jellyfish/snails/spider/snake/bullant/scorpion/octopus bites and stings, but it only has a placebo effect for falling branches. madMac.

Chopstick
12-05-2006, 06:33 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Gayle in MD:</font><hr> Wow, did you also have a gun with you at the time, I hope?
They run pretty fast on land, don't they? I'd be terrified of living where there are gators.

I've always wondered if gators provide any positive service to the environment. Like, is there anything they eat, of which we need to keep the population down, other than Crack users, that is. /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Gayle...
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You can't out run em. They are way faster that you are. The thing is if they come at you and you run straight away you will die, but they can't turn well. Crocs are the same way. You have to run sideways. Start off 90 degrees from the line of attack and zig zag or go in an arc and they can't catch you. You won't have to do it long. With gators and crocs the same muscles they use for running are the same muscles they use for breathing. So, they have the time of one breath to catch you or they have to stop and breath. If they ain't caught you by then they won't chase you anymore.

The darndest thing I ever saw a gator do was down in Lakeview Mississippi. There was this cypress stump out a little ways from the bank and there was a big fat acorn sitting right in the middle of it. Well, there was this squirrel sitting on the bank that clearly wanted it. Well, the squirrel backed off and took a running start and jumped all the way out onto that stump.

He got the acorn but when he wanted to get back he had a problem. There was no room for a running start. Well, he hunkered down and made a mighty leap for the shore and about half way a gator jumped out of the water and snagged him in mid air. I thought dang, can't a feller fish in piece around here. What I saw next was truly amazing.

That gator surfaced again right next to that tree stump. Then he reached his hand up out of the water and set another acorn on that tree stump. I sware it's true. I seen it. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Gayle in MD
12-05-2006, 08:52 PM
C'mon Chop...for sure? LOL, Hey, now I'm really afraid of them. Never thought they were that smart. Hey, if it has teeth, and it's over 5 lbs, I'm afraid of it! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif I'm not kidding when I say I wouldn't live anywhere where there were gators! I'd be afraid to go out for the mail!!! /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Gayle in Md.