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Later, Gators: Pilot Survives Crash but Lands in Remote, Alligator Infested Swamp – Watch the Rescue Footage

Anyone who survives a plane crash should be considered lucky. However, this pilot is extremely lucky. He survived not only the crash but also being trapped on the wreckage for hours in the Florida Everglades.

The Everglades are known for being jam-packed with alligators. It’s also the only place in the world where you can find alligators and crocodiles. 

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue says they were called in to assist the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office due to the pilot’s remote location. In a social media post, rescue crews say the area is only accessible by aircraft.

Multiple media reports say the pilot crashed around 4:00 a.m. The rescue didn’t happen until 10:00 a.m. The rescue crew used the helicopter’s hoist to pull the pilot to safety. 

The pilot is said to be okay with only minor injuries.

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Alligators vs. Crocodiles

Visitors to Everglades National Park have the opportunity to see both alligators and crocodiles. Telling the two animals apart is easier than you think. Alligators have wider snouts and teeth that rest inside their mouths. In comparison, crocodiles have long, skinny snouts and exposed teeth. Alligators are way more common in the Everglades and are generally less aggressive than crocodiles. 

Wildlife experts say the best way to stay safe from alligators is to keep a safe distance. If one does charge you, don’t bother running in a zigzag. That’s mostly a myth. Running away in a straight line will put the greatest distance between you and the animal.

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