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Crews capture alligator off Sullivan's Island

All was clear on Sullivan's Island after a trapper caught an alligator on the beach. (Source: Live 5) All was clear on Sullivan's Island after a trapper caught an alligator on the beach. (Source: Live 5)
Trappers captured the gator Monday morning and removed it from the beach. (Source: Town of Sullivan's Island) Trappers captured the gator Monday morning and removed it from the beach. (Source: Town of Sullivan's Island)
SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) -

Crews have captured an alligator spotted off Sullivan's Island and officials say it is now safe to return to the ocean west of Station 18 Street.

SCDNR officials confirmed on Monday afternoon that the alligator was later euthanized.

Earlier Monday morning, swimmers were being encouraged to stay out of the ocean between Station 18 Street and Station 16 Street on Sullivan's Island where the gator had been spotted. 

Officials say the alligator appeared to be between four to five feet in length. This is the third alligator found in the surf or near the beach this month.

Town Administrator Andy Benke said the gator was near Station 18.

Benke said alligators are not uncommon on Sullivan's Island this time of year because it is their mating season. When alligators get into the water and currents sweep them out towards the ocean, Sullivan's Island becomes one of the first places they can come ashore.

Officials warned Sullivan's Island residents of an alligator sighting on June 16 near Station 19.

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