South Carolina Woman ‘Fascinated’ By Alligator: ‘I guess I won’t do this again.’

South Carolina woman killed when alligator drug her into a pond / via Palmetto Cremation Society

Some days are better than others during COVID and that’s definitely the case for South Carolina woman Cynthia Renee Covert who died Friday after trying to get a photo of an alligator while visiting her friend. Covert had been visiting the friend to do her nails, but she ended up fascinated by the gator that would eventually take her for a ride in a pond.

From the Bradenton Herald:

“Today she was very relaxed and excited that her boyfriend was coming from Tennessee to visit,” Howell said of Covert.

The pair were on the porch when Covert reportedly became “fascinated” with the alligator, according to the report.

When Covert went down to the pond to take pictures of the large reptile, Howell said she screamed “very loudly for Covert to get back from the water” and warned that an alligator had recently snatched a deer from the same spot.

“I don’t look like a deer,” Covert reportedly responded before trying to touch the alligator.

Howell’s husband, William Howell, told deputies he then “ran down the (porch) steps yelling.”

Yep, the alligator grabbed Covert’s leg and she went for a ride. Eventually Howell and a neighbor threw her a rope to help her get out of the gator’s grip. That’s when she reportedly said, “I guess I won’t do this again.” The gator rolled and Covert was dragged into the pond and was killed. Cops had to pump a 9mm bullet into the gator’s head to get it to release Covert’s body.

That’s Cindy – far right.

Cynthia Renee " Cindy " Barrientos Covert, 57, of John's Island, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 1, 2020 in…

Posted by Palmetto Cremation Society on Tuesday, 5 May 2020

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