- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A 17-year-old male is recovering from bites to the head after he fought off an alligator nearly 10 feet long at a central Florida park.

Andrew Hudson of Winter Springs was swimming with friends Monday at a swimming hole in the Little Big Econ State Forest.

Witness Mark O'Shea told WFTV that Hudson kicked something in the water that he thought was a log. It turned out to be a 9- to 10-foot alligator that jerked him underwater.

“He kicked and started punching the gator. That’s what he told me [happened] when he was under the water,” O’Shea told the station.

“He went under and started freaking out, and I saw him come halfway up to the shore, he continued. “He had blood from the top of his head all the way down and I told him to take his shorts off, put them on top of his head to stop the bleeding.”

Doctors treated several puncture wounds on Mr. Hudson’s head with staples and stitches, officials said.