Terrifying moment swimmer is chased and bitten by an alligator in a Brazilian lake
- Willyan Caetano filmed a man being bitten after entering an alligator lake
- Swimmers are banned from the Lago do Amor lake in Campo Grande, Brazil
- The man ignored warning signs and entered the alligator-infested waters
A swimmer was attacked by an alligator after he ignored warning signs that a lake was infested with the predators.
The victim, who was bitten in the arm was attacked by the alligator shortly after going for a dip in the Lago do Amor lake in Campo Grande.
Willyan Caetano, who witnessed the incident last Saturday, began filming the man after he entered the deadly dangerous water.
The victim, who has not been identified, inspects the damage on his arm after returning to shore
A man ignored several warning signs and entered the alligator infested waters of the Lago do Amor lake in Campo Grande, Brazil
The alligator managed to catch the man and bit his arm before he was able to reach the shore
The man was followed to the shore by the hungry alligator seeking an afternoon meal
He told local media: ‘A man entered the water around 4:40 pm and started swimming in the place, where entry is prohibited.’
After getting around 30 metres off shore, the man saw the alligator moving rapidly across the water on an interception course.
The man turned towards the shore and tried to swim back as quickly as possible.
Mr Caetano said: ‘Suddenly, to my surprise, an alligator starts chasing him. He tried to swim fast to get away, but the alligator managed to reach him and land a violent bite on the man’s arm, who came out of the water with his arm all bloody and very scared, saying he didn’t know there was an alligator.’
A second witness, Garapeira Marinalva da Silva, who runs a sugarcane juice stand overlooking the lake, said this is the first time in five years she has seen anyone enter the water.
He told Campo Grande News: ‘Sometimes, children go there, but then we tell them that there is an alligator and that it’s dirty and they come back.’
Amazingly, the man was able to escape from the deadly predator.