Woman Killed by an 8-Foot Alligator While Walking Dog Near South Carolina Golf Course
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA – August 20, 2018
A 45-year-old woman’s body was found after 11 a.m. Monday in a gated community on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
According to the witnesses, the attack happened just after 9:30 a.m. when the woman walked her dog near a golf course. The animal grabbed her and pulled underwater. Security staff also viewed a surveillance video of the attack, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources spokesman Capt. Robert McCullough told The Post and Courier.
An autopsy is being conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina to determine the cause of the death. The victim has been identified as Cassandra Cline.
The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said emergency crews recovered Cline's body from the lagoon.
“It appears the alligator went after her dog and she tried to protect it,” said Sam Chappalear of South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
The BCSO Environmental Crimes Unit and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources found the alligator, which was about 8 feet in length. Authorities said the alligator was "caught and disposed of."
Her dog was not harmed during the incident.
McCullough said the woman was the second person to die from an alligator attack in South Carolina history, the first incident was in 2016.
“A lady wandered off from a nursing home and she was found [deceased] in a pond, bitten pretty badly,” he explained. “But we don’t know -- and I don’t think we’ll ever be able to determine because there were no witnesses -- whether she fell in and was then bitten, or whether she was attacked and then dragged into the pond.”
As for other states, in June, a Florida woman walking her dogs was also pulled into the water and killed by an alligator.
Shizuka Matsuki, 47, was killed by an alligator at Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Davie, just north of Miami, said the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. In relation to this attack, a 12-foot, a 6-inch alligator was captured and killed.