Son, father survive alligator attack in Chambers County

Deputies: Attack happened at Cedar Hill Park

By Anoushah Rasta - Anchor/Reporter, Anavid Reyes

HOUSTON - A 13-year-old boy and his father are recovering after they were attacked by an alligator in Chambers County.

The incident happened at Cedar Hill Park at Lake Charlotte off FM 563, according to the Chambers County Sheriff's Office.

"I was coming home and I seen the ambulances and DPS and sheriffs here, and I find out later that someone got bit by an alligator," Shane Price said. "Too close to home. I live right down the street, couple minutes away and I got three kids. Little babies."

The boy's grandfather, Mark Ford, told KPRC 2 that his grandson, Kaleb, was swimming by the bank near some trees with his brother and some friends when the alligator came up and bit his arm and his leg.

Ford said at one point, the alligator took Kaleb under water.

"I nearly had a heart attack," Ford said.

Ford, Kaleb's mother, and his father, James Hurley, 42, ran into the water to save Kaleb, but James was bit in the leg by the alligator, too, and eventually kicked him off.

Both were flown by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital in serious but stable condition.

Deputies want to remind citizens to be aware that this is the nesting period for alligators and, with recent floods, they've been displaced.

"We have a lot of back waters, especially with the recent flooding that we've seen, there's alligators in areas you might not find them more often," said Patricia Vannoy with Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Both father and son are expected to recover.

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