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The alligator attack happened at the pond near the red marker in the Rotonda Villas and Meadows neighborhood off Gasparilla Road in West Charlotte County. 

ROTONDA WEST — An alligator attacked a 14-year-old boy Tuesday in a pond near Englewood.

The attack happened at 12:32 p.m. in a pond off Robin Road, in the Rotonda Meadows & Villas subdivision near South Gulf Cove, said Todd Dunn, spokesperson for Charlotte County Fire & EMS.

The boy had gone into the pond to swim, Dunn said. "The battalion chief said the boy and a friend had just gotten there and were getting through the weeds" when the alligator bit the boy.

The boy was bitten in the leg, sustaining a laceration and a fracture, and was taken by helicopter to All Children's Hospital in Tampa. 

Florida Wildlife officers were on the scene looking for the alligator, and a helicopter was  on its way to the pond to help spot it.

 
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