An alligator bit a child on a New Orleans beach that has been officially closed to the public since 1964, according to a hospital spokesperson who spoke to CNN.
The boy, whose age and condition were not released, was transported to Children's Hospital of New Orleans on Friday after the incident in Lincoln Beach, according to the Medical Services source. New Orleans Emergency Department.
The spokesperson said the boy's injuries met the criteria for a trauma patient.
Lincoln Beach is an approximately 15-acre site bounded by Lake Pontchartrain to the north, east, and west, according to City of New Orleans website.
The beach was established in the early 20th century and was once a popular recreational spot for Blacks in the area, however, closed in 1964.
There is “ample evidence of unauthorized and illegal use of the beach,” according to the city.
“Before it was closed, the beach could be accessed through a tunnel under the dike. The tunnel is currently fenced off and filled with water and wildlife, including alligators and venomous snakes,” the website states.
The city of New Orleans issued a statement Friday reminding people of the dangers of the tunnel. closed area, stating that “Lincoln Beach is not safe at this time.”
City officials said that while they are “actively working to redevelop the site for all residents to enjoy,” they urge residents to “stay away” from the beach until it is officially reopened to the public.
“A number of safety improvements are required” before the beach can welcome visitors,
In early July, a 69-year-old woman died after being attacked by an alligator while walking her dog near a lagoon in South Carolina.
After the attack, rescue officers found the woman unconscious at the edge of a lagoon near a Hilton Head Island golf course. Officials tried to revive the victim but the alligator returned and interrupted their work.
Finally, police and firefighters recovered the lifeless body of the woman, a resident of the area, and saved it for Beaufort County authorities to perform an autopsy.