An aligator surfaces in a pond near located near the Space Shuttle Discovery as it sits on launch pad 39b at Kennedy Space Center December 8, 2006 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA will attempt another nighttime shuttle launch December 19 after scrubbing after the first due to excessive cloud cover.

Sad news out of South Carolina after this weekend. NBC is reporting that a man was killed by an alligator after the animal dragged him into a pond in Myrtle Beach. The incident occurred Friday morning. It happened in the Excalaber Court area of Myrtle Beach. First responders were called to the area around 11:45 am. When they arrived they were able to remove both the gator and the victim, who was unfortunately deceased.

Following the incident officials for multiple organizations “determined that the alligator should be humanely euthanized on-site,” according to Horry County PD’s social media posts. Such a tragic incident and one I’m honestly surprised hasn’t occurred more often. I’ve gone to the beach in the area for most of my life. I have countless memories of seeing alligators in ponds at the resort we stayed at as a child. In fact, a restaurant that we frequent also has a gator that lives in a small lake behind the establishment.

As always make sure to stay alert and aware any time you are out and about at the beach or really anywhere in nature. It is these animals’ homes and if they feel threatened they may very well attack. There is an ongoing death investigation surrounding this incident of the man being killed by the alligator.

GALLERY: List of Animals Native to North Carolina

As found by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission