Two alligators maul woman to death in golf course pond
The fatality became the third of its kind in the US this year
An elderly woman who fell into a pond on a golf course in Florida has died after she was mauled by two alligators.
It is the third fatality of its kind in the US this year, after the 80-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim, who has not been named, was spotted struggling by a pond near her house in Englewood on Friday night.
The local sheriff's office said in a statement: "Two alligators were observed near the victim and ultimately grabbed her while in the water."
An official cause of death is yet to be confirmed.
The two alligators were removed from the pond and euthanised after a professional trapper was sent to the location by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
One of the creatures was eight feet and 10 inches long, while the other measured seven feet seven inches long.
The incident took place at the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club and marks the third of its kind in the US this year.
The body of a man who was searching for frisbees was discovered in May in Largo, Florida after a suspected alligator attack.
Another man was left dead in June after being dragged into a pond by an alligator in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The FWC have warned that alligators are more active during warm conditions and have advised people not to swim in lakes or rivers during dawn or dusk.