Mar 25, 2010 12:27 PM by Rob Kirkpatrick
MONROE, La. (AP) - A swirl in the dark water of Black Bayou Lake followed by a sharp stabbing injury to his arm after he fell into the water, led a man to believe he was bitten by an alligator.
But Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agent Capt.Alan Bankston says there was no alligator involved.
Bankston tells The News-Star newspaper that boat owner Danny Soles was fishing Wednesday in Black Bayou Lake when his tiller, or motor, got caught on something. Bankston said Soles then saw a swirl in the water and thought it was an alligator. As Soles was trying to see what it was, he fell out of the boat.
Bankston says while Soles was in the water, the boat started moving in circles and the propeller hit Soles' arm.