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Searchers still looking for man attacked by alligator in Hurricane Ida floodwaters

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  • Authorities are still searching for a Louisiana man who went missing after being attacked by an alligator in Hurricane Ida’s floodwaters.
  • On Monday, 71-year-old Timothy Satterlee was attacked by an alligator in his flooded shed.
  • His wife took their boat to look for help because their power was out, but she returned to find her husband gone.

Authorities are still searching for a Louisiana man who went missing after being attacked by an alligator in Hurricane Ida’s floodwaters.

“They searched until it got dark yesterday, and unfortunately we still haven’t located Mr. Satterlee,” St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s Capt. Lance Vitter said Thursday, according to The Associated Press. “There is a high probability that he is deceased, but we can’t make that call until we recover the body.”


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In Slidell on Monday, 71-year-old Timothy Satterlee was attacked in his flooded shed by an alligator, which tore off his arm. His wife heard the disturbance and was able to help him get away from the alligator, but she was unable to call for help because the storm had knocked out their power. 

She took their boat to look for help, but she returned to her husband missing. Authorities have been searching for Satterlee, but the high, rushing waters have made it difficult to search or estimate how far the water may have carried him. 


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