Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Florida man bitten by poisonous snake while trying to look at alligator

Officials say 29-year-old man was stabilised after helicopter rescue from highway known as 'Alligator Alley' in south Florida

theguardian.com, Sunday 13 April 2014 14.05 BST

A man who stepped out of his car in Alligator Alley to view one of the deadly reptiles was bitten by a poisonous snake.

Broward sheriff fire rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said the 29-year-old man from Boynton Beach was bitten on the foot by a water moccasin Saturday evening after he and his girlfriend made a stop to check out an alligator at mile marker 49 on I-75 eastbound. The highway is also known as Alligator Alley.

Jachles said officials from the Miami-Dade venom unit responded and an air rescue helicopter from the Broward County sheriff's office flew the man to the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, Florida, where he was stabilized.

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