This story is very scary and reminds me of the article posted here about the rule of golf which allows a golfer to drop away from a dangerous situation. The difference here, is that 75 year old Albert Miller didn't know he was in a dangerous situation until it had clamped its jaws around his knee.
Miller was playing in a four ball tournament with friends when he hit his ball into an irrigation lake on the 15th hole at Lake Ashton Golf and Country Club in Lake Wales, Florida. Right as he gave up hunting for his ball with a ball retriever a nine foot alligator jumped out of the water and latched onto Miller's knee. The alligator lifted him up into the air and then slammed him onto the ground, then started thrashing.
As the alligator started dragging Miller to the water his friends grabbed him and started pulling the opposite direction. At the point where Miller was submerged in the water to his belt buckle, the alligator let go.
Miller was quoted as saying the alligator letting go was a miracle. Yes, I'd have to say so. Once the alligator had him in the water he would have been done for.
Following the attack it took some 40 stitches to patch up the golfer, but reports are that he'll be fine and back to playing golf soon, presumably somewhere in Colorado, where there aren't any alligators.