Witness: Teen yelled 'It bit me' before sinking in pond

Witness: Teen yelled, ’It bit me, before sinking in pond
Posted at 2:53 AM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-09 22:58:32-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Authorities in Florida are investigating a report that a teen was spotted struggling in a retention pond and screaming about being bitten before he disappeared.

An Orange County Sheriff’s Office news release calls it a possible drowning. The release says deputies, wildlife officers and fire rescue workers began searching the Orlando pond around noon Wednesday.

A witness who lives nearby told deputies that a teenage male had been struggling to stay afloat while yelling, “It bit me,” multiple times. The teen eventually went underwater and didn’t resurface.

Officials say a small alligator was spotted in the retention pond, but there was no evidence that it was related to a possible drowning.

Marine units were scanning the pond later Wednesday afternoon, while deputies canvased the area checking for missing people.