WALLISVILLE: Heroic father fights off an alligator to save his son from its attack and is almost dragged under water by it during battle but was helped by the boy’s grandfather during a family fishing trip this weekend at a lake near Houston.
James Hurley, 42, quickly ran and jumped into the water to fight the alligator that had bit his teenage son, kaleb Hurley, and taken him underwater at the lake of Charlotte just outside of Houston on Sunday.
Hurley, along with his wife and his father (boy’s grandfather), Mark Ford, jumped into the deep water and fought off with eight-foot alligator to save the boy at the Cedar Hill Park.
According to the Chambers County sheriff’s officials, the 13-year old boy was swimming in the lake, during a family trip for fishing, when an alligator grabbed the boy’s hand and dragged him under water.
Father James (right) and his 13-year old son Kaleb (left)
Local witnesses said to the officials that the boy’s father quickly ran and jumped into the waist-deep water to save his son, but was bitten and dragged underwater soon after he saved his son from the beast. However, he was released from the reptile’s grip when his wife and the boy’s grandfather also jumped into the water and helped him.
“When we figured out what was going on, the alligator jerked Kaleb away from him. His dad and I got a hold of Kaleb and got him away from the alligator,” the boy’s grandfather, told KHOU-TV.
The father and son were shifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital for treatment, where both were in serious but in stable condition, said the authorities.
“He did what I would do myself as a father, hats off to the heroic father,” paramedic said to KHOU. “He endangered his life and defended his son.”