Earlier this week, we reported that an alligator had killed a woman in South Carolina. Now, chilling new details about the attack have come to light, including the victim’s final words.
Post And Courier reported that the victim has been identified as 58 year-old Cynthia Covert, a beautician who came to the gaited community of Kiawah Island to give a client a manicure. The homeowner said that though Cynthia was usually professional in her salon, she seemed more relaxed on this particular day, even bringing a glass of wine with her and drinking it as she talked about her boyfriend’s visit from Tennessee.
The homeowner said afterwards that as Covert did her nails, she seemed “very talkative and acting strange.”
While doing the woman’s nails on her porch, Covert spotted the alligator and was quickly enthralled by it.
“When Covert was doing her nails on the porch she saw the alligator in the pond and was fascinated by the alligator,” the police report said. ”(She) stated after Covert was finished with her nails she went outside of the porch and was taking pictures of the alligator.”
The woman panicked when she came out on her porch and saw Covert getting closer to the water, screaming at her to back away because she had seen an alligator grab a deer from the same spot “the other day.”
“I don’t look like a deer,” Covert replied.
Then she moved closer to touch the alligator.
It was then that the animal attacked and pulled Covert into the water. The homeowner and her husband frantically tried to save her by throwing Covert a rope, which she was able to briefly grab onto and stand up in the pond.
“I guess I wont do this again,” Covert said. This turned out to be her last words, as the alligator then pulled her under again for the last time.
When police arrived at the scene, they saw no sign of movement in the water. It was not until ten or fifteen minutes later that Covert’s body resurfaced, but the alligator still had hold of her leg and pulled her back under. A few minutes later, a deputy was able to shoot the alligator, causing it to finally let go of Covert. She was tragically declared dead at the scene.
Alligator attacks are rare in South Carolina, with Covert being just the third recorded death. Police have since urged the public to be careful when it comes to interacting with local wildlife.
“In May 1 Kiawah Island incident in which victim was pulled into pond by alligator, coroner has ruled death as accidental drowning. This case is an unfortunate tragedy,” the local police department tweeted. “We urge citizens to be alert and cautious around wildlife. Enjoy the outdoors safely and responsibly.”