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Georgetown County deputies rescue family trapped by alligator while fishing

A 7-foot alligator trapped a family fishing in Georgetown late Tuesday, but sheriff’s deputies were able to get them away from it, said Deputy Russell Goodale, Georgetown County Sheriff's public information officer.

The family were fishing on the broken bridge pier when the gator came up and trapped them, Goodale said. They called police and deputies were able to coax the gator to one side of the bridge so the family could safely get by.

Deputies called officials with the state Department of Natural Resources, but before a DNR officer arrived at the scene the gator went off the end of the bridge into the water, Goodale said.

No one was hurt during the incident.