Large alligator captured off Georgia beach

Credit: Tybee Island Fire Department

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) – Authorities say a large alligator spotted in the Atlantic Ocean along the Georgia coast near Savannah has been captured.

Tybee Island Fire Chief Ashely Fields says the alligator, estimated to be 8 to 10 feet long, was caught about 2:30 p.m. Friday and relocated to the Savannah River. Fields says lifeguards on personal watercrafts ran patterns around the gator, pushing him toward the shore before he was eventually reeled in as about 100 onlookers cheered.

The gator was spotted early Friday morning in the water off the beaches on the south end of Tybee Island. Fields says the gator stayed about 20 to 30 feet away from the beach. All beaches were then closed.

Fields says the beaches have been reopened.

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