Son Gives Dad Gator Aid

Father helped by son after being mauled, dragged underwater by gator

A 47-year-old man is lucky to be alive after being mauled and dragged underwater by an alligator at Lake Okeechobee.

Antonio Prado was using a net to catch fish at the South Florida lake yesterday afternoon when he was attacked by the alligator, which bit him on his chest and arm.

The gator kept a firm grip on Prado, and was about to make lunch out of him when Prado's son threw a pair of pliers at the gator, causing it to release his dad.

Prado was taken to a nearby hospital in Fort Pierce where he underwent emergency surgery.

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