GENEVA, Fla. (WESH) - A 17-year-old boy was bitten in the head by an alligator in a wooded area of Seminole County on Monday afternoon, according to fire rescue officials.
Andrew Hudson's bite isn't life threatening, but he walked away with quite a story.
The bite happened in the Little Big Econ Forest when Hudson was swimming in the Little Econ River with friends.
He said the 9- to 10-foot alligator came up behind him and he didn't see it. He swam as hard as he could to get away.
"It just came up behind me. I didn't see one all day in there and then it just came up behind me and I felt it and I started freaking out and swam as fast as I could," said Hudson.
His friends called for help as he out swam the gator. He got away and wrapped his shorts around his head to stop the bleeding.
"I trying to get out of there. I figured out what it was a few seconds after it happened," Hudson said.
Paramedics said that may have saved his life.
Rescuers were called to transport the teen to a South Seminole Hospital for treatment. He was given stitches and staples, but will be just fine.
"There is 18 in here (referring to stitches). There's three in the back. There's 13 staples this way and two staples over here," Hudson said.