Alligator Sinks Raft in Florida

Woman escapes unharmed

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A Florida kayaker escaped unscathed after an alligator sunk her boat in the Everglades. The woman, who has yet to be identified, was paddling in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday when the creature charged at the inflatable craft she was paddling, puncturing it and causing it to go down. The uninjured woman was later picked up by an airboat crew.

In a message posted on Facebook, the conservation group Friends of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge criticized the woman's decision to go out in an inflatable boat.

"Seriously folks … Now do we have to have another sign at Refuge waterfront that says: There are alligators here, Do Not use 'inflatable kayak,'" the group wrote on its page. "What was she thinking? … It's nesting season."

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