Gator attacks 6-year-old: Joey Welch survived a gator attack with only minor injuries last week. The boy's father and bystanders fought the alligator to release the 6-year-old during the attack.
A 6-year-old South Florida boy suffered minor injuries after being attacked by an alligator, federal wildlife officials said Monday.
The alligator attacked Friday afternoon when Joey Welch of Pompano Beach, north of Fort Lauderdale, fell into shallow water at the edge of a boat ramp in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
"I went in it and there was a splash. The alligator just swam into me and clamped my arm," the boy told WPLG-TV.
Joey's father and other bystanders punched and kicked the alligator until it released the child.