NAPLES, Florida (AP) -- A southwest Florida man wants to close down the popular swimming hole where an alligator bit off his left hand.
Tim Delano was swimming with friends Sunday night in the canal known as "the Crystal" when the 10-foot alligator attacked him.
The 18-year-old said Monday that he heard a cracking sound when the reptile pulled him under the water. He punched the gator until it released him.
The alligator was trapped and killed. Delano's hand was found in its stomach, but doctors could not reattach it.
Delano says he wants authorities to close the canal to swimmers. He says he was told no animals would be in the waters.
Wildlife officials advise people say any freshwater canal or lake in Florida could contain alligators.
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