The man was attacked and apparently killed by the alligator Monday outside his home in Slidell
, his wife told the S t. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office
. Slidell is about
32 miles northeast of New Orleans
The woman was in the couple’s house in Avery Estates when she heard a commotion and saw a large alligator attacking her husband, she told authorities.
“She immediately ran to her husband’s aide in an attempt to stop the attack,” according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
She pulled her husband out of the water after the attack stopped and went inside to get first aid supplies, según el comunicado.
But when she returned, she realized the severity of his injuries, so got into her pirogue — a long, narrow canoe — to go to higher ground about a mile away, she told authorities.
When she got back, her husband was no longer there, según el comunicado.
The sheriff’s office used high water vehicles and flatboats to try to find the man, but those efforts have been unsuccessful.