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Man Survives Alligator Attack With Punch

By Associated Press

July 28, 2004, 7:25 PM EDT

TAVARES, Fla. -- An 11-foot alligator attacked a man pulling weeds along the shore of a lake, but he saved himself by punching the beast in the nose. The man was later arrested on grand theft charges unrelated to the incident.

Guy R. Daelemans, 43, suffered leg wounds in Tuesday's attack on Lake Eustis in central Florida, Lake County sheriff's Lt. Todd Luce said. He was treated and released from a hospital.

A trapper summoned by wildlife officials caught the 385-pound alligator, which was then killed.

Daelemans was arrested Wednesday on charges including grand theft. He's accused of taking money from a homeowner to build a boat dock, then failing to finish the job. He was being held in jail on $50,000 bond.

Last week, a 54-year-old landscaper died of infection two days after a 12-foot alligator dragged her into a pond on Sanibel Island in southwestern Florida. That alligator was also trapped and killed.

Copyright © 2004, The Associated Press

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