GENEVA, Fla. -- A Florida teen survived a frightening encounter with an alligator that bit him on the head.
Investigators say the 17-year-old was swimming in the Little Econolohatchee River when an alligator --between 9 and 10feet long --chomped down on him.
"Basically we were floating down the Econ River, kinda swimming and then out of nowhere a gator came up behind me and just basically bit me in the head," Andrew Hudson says. "And at first I didn't know what it was, so my reaction just started swinging and took off swimming as fast as I could to get away from it."
Once they realized what was going on, Andrew's friend called 911. Since the boys were deep in the forest, the teen's friend sprinted for help -- eventually finding a park ranger about a mile from where it happened.
Andrew was rushed to South Seminole Hospital in Longwood with non life-threatening injuries.
After more than three hours of emergency treatment and 19 stitches, 17-year-old Andrew has quite a story to tell.
Andrew says the gator bite was quick, powerful and painful while adding he hopes to have all his stitches and staples removed by next week.