UPDATE: 911 call during gator attack

12:04 PM, Dec 1, 2006   |    comments
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Lakeland, Florida - Police say a 45-year-old man was naked and high on crack cocaine when he was rescued by four deputies from the jaws of a nearly 12-foot alligator.

Adrian Apgar is in critical condition with an apparent broken right arm, leg injuries and his left arm hanging by a tendon.

One of the deputies says he pulled Apgar's arms while the gator gripped his lower half. The reptile loosened his jaws. When he thought the victim was free, the animal lunged again.

The men say they were scared, but didn't have time to think. It was not clear why Apgar was in the lake, but the four men say it took almost 20 minutes to pull Apgar to shore.

They carried Apgar about 40 feet to an ambulance ashore. None of the four was injured in the gator-infested waters.

Officials have released a 911 phone call made by a man who heard screaming coming from the water. You can listen to it in its entirety by clicking "911 Phone Call" to the left.

Warning: The nature of this call is disturbing, and contains graphic language that may be offensive to some viewers.

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Tampa Bay's 10 News. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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