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CDNN :: Alligator bites off diver's arm

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by LUTHER MONROE - CDNN Dive Safety News Editor

Alligator attacks diver, bites off his arm
Nurses who happened to be picnicing at Lake Moultrie saved a diver who lost his arm in an alligator attack.

LAKE MOULTRIE, South Carolina (17 Sep 2007) -- A man is in critical condition at Medical University of South Carolina after an alligator bit off his arm while he was diving.

Local police told CDNN that Bill Hedden, 59, of Summerville, was diving at Lake Moultrie near Short Stay Naval Recreational Park when the alligator attacked.

Still wearing his diving mask and grasping his shoulder socket to slow the loss of blood, Hedden stumbled into a group of people picnicking at the lake.

The group, mostly members of the Bicol Assocation of Charleston, of group of Filipino Roman Catholics, included five nurses who responded immediately with primary emergency treatment including ice and improvised bandages to stop the bleeding...

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