South Florida man bitten by crocodile in suburban canal


Published: Monday, August 25, 2014 at 12:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 25, 2014 at 12:17 p.m.

CORAL GABLES — A South Florida man is recovering after he was bitten by a crocodile while swimming at night in a Coral Gables canal.

Authorities said Monday that 26-year-old Alejandro Jimenez was treated and released at a local hospital after suffering bites to his shoulder, arm and neck. Another victim, 23-year-old Lisset Rendon, suffered unspecified minor injuries.

The two were swimming in the canal early Sunday behind a house where a party was taking place.

Florida wildlife officials say crocodiles are frequently spotted in the canals and signs are posted warning of their presence. Police were handing out flyers in the neighborhood as reminders about the crocodiles, which authorities say rarely attack humans.

The crocodile involved in this incident was described as between eight and nine feet long.

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