US woman dies in terrifying alligator attack

A woman has died in a terrifying alligator attack in the United States while visiting a client for a home nail appointment.

US woman dies in terrifying alligator attack

A woman has died in a terrifying alligator attack in the United States while visiting a client for a home nail appointment.

Cynthia Covert, 58, drowned last Friday in South Carolina after the alligator repeatedly pulled her into a pond on Kiawah Island, according to a police report.

Paralegal and public information officer Karli Maratea said the death had been declared an accident.

"This unfortunate tragedy reminds citizens to be alert and cautious around our Lowcountry wildlife," Maratea said in a report by USA Today.

"The Sheriff's Office urges the public to enjoy the outdoors safely and responsibly."

Client Barbara Howell said Ms Covert noticed the alligator while doing her nails outside.

She later left the porch to take pictures.

Ms Howell said she screamed to the nail technician that the alligator had grabbed a deer near there, but she ignored the warning.

"I don't look like a deer," Ms Covert said.

The alligator then grabbed Ms Covert by the leg and began to pull her into the water when she tried to touch the animal.

Ms Howell's husband, William, told police he rushed to the porch after hearing screams as the alligator lunged at Ms Covert.

He threw a rope to the woman in the midst of the terrifying ordeal with the help of a neighbour and she grabbed it while standing waist deep in the water.

"I guess I won't do this again," Ms Covert said, according to the witness.

The pair tried to pull her from the water, but she lost her grip on the rope and the alligator took her underwater.

Emergency services arrived soon after, but no movement could be detected in the pond.

Then 10-15 minutes later, the woman's body surfaced.

Police retrieved the body, which had suffered severe wounds to the left leg.

The woman was the third person to be killed by an alligator in South Carolina in the past four years.

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"Victoria and New South Wales, they are clearly in far more trouble than Western Australia. So they will have a different point of view than us," Mr McGowan said.

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"We have to be very, very careful with health, we have to be cautious and considered in what we do," Mr McGowan said.

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While Mr McGowan said Sunday's announcement could mean looser travel restrictions for West Australians travelling to different regions, border lockdowns with other states and territories would remain in place to maintain the low level of infection in the state.

There are currently nine cases of COVID-19 in WA, with one new overnight case breaking the state's nine-day streak of no cases.

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A total of 534 people have recovered from COVID-19 in WA.

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