A young boy Gabriel Klimis narrowly escaped a horrific alligator attack while he was playing and swimming with his friends at a Florida creek near Orlando.
While sharing his story about how he escaped the attack, the 13-year-old said: “We’ve been in this creek a bunch of times, so no one thought anything of it,” he said.
“I was going to get up, and then, the gator just started pulling me back under and just jumped up and grabbed me.”
He jumped from a rope off a bridge that crossed Howell Creek in Winter Springs Tuesday, “one of my feet was on the sand and then the gator got my other one and then pulled me back.”
He said once the alligator grabbed onto his right leg, he knew that if he didn’t let go, there was no getting him off because his jaw was so tied on. There’s no getting out of that.
“He kept pulling, so then I just tried to hit him and then he let go and then I ran up as fast as I could,” Gabriel said.
Allison Klimis said she told Gabriel to call 911, admitting his revelation left her in “complete shock. Terror, of course. Super scared.”
Gabriel told a dispatcher on 911 that he can walk. He just got bit by a gator.
“It just stings a bit but I’m good,” He added in the call, saying his wound wasn’t “bleeding too bad, but my skin’s like open pretty good.”
He said the alligator he does not know about the alligator and he got out of the water as fast as he could.
The boy was then transported to the hospital where he received stitches on his leg.
Gabriel after the incident said such an event cannot hold him from enjoying summer.
“It’s not going to stop me from swimming somewhere else, like in a different creek or something, with my friends and having fun,” he explained.