Georgia Kayaker Chased By 360-Pound Gator: ‘I Just Paddled’

By The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga.—A Georgia kayaker says he could only think of paddling faster after realizing he wasn’t alone in a pond.

Bo Storey told WRDW-TV, “I just paddled and paddled. …” on Aug. 26 to get away from a 10-foot, 360 pound alligator that got as close as 5 feet from the back of his kayak.

News outlets report Richmond County deputies received a call from Storey saying he was being chased by the behemoth. Storey was practicing for a bass fishing tournament. Deputies arrived on the scene and wrestled the massive gator with help from hunter Trey Durant and his friend Robby Amerson.

The alligator was clearly not afraid of humans and was deemed a nuisance so it was legally killed by Durant.