For most parents Spring Break is just about over. Thank God! There may be a few students still off from school in the final week of March, but probably not too many. If you are like most parents or college students you probably headed to Florida, the ‘Sunshine State’ to enjoy a little beach, sand, fun in the sun and more. It’s the more that have this couple still talking about their recent trip.
Tylor and Emerald Hindery from Springfield, Missouri headed to Daytona, Florida recently and came back with one “boatload” of a story to tell their friends and relatives. While they were in Florida, Tylor was enticed by a boat tour of the Florida swamps. He wanted to see the gators “up close and personal”. He convinced his wife, Emerald, to join in the fun, even though she didn’t want to go.
What happened next was the thrill of a lifetime! Talk about being “up close and personal”!! Watch to see why this video has gone MEGA VIRAL with over 16 Million views!
H/T Conservative Tribune:
Tylor and Emerald Hindery had joined with another couple on an airboat tour and happened upon a large alligator sunning itself on the bank. The boat stopped so everybody could look, but the wind pushed the boat right up to the bank next to the massive creature.
Tylor began streaming the encounter live on his Facebook page as the tour guide could be heard in the background talking about the alligator and how they needed to carefully move the boat away from him, at one point joking that they were close enough to reach out and slap it if they wanted to do so.
“The guy killed the engine and we just floated over,” Hindery said. “We got stuck on the bank, and he didn’t want to turn the engine on and scare everything.”
The tour guide then cautioned everybody to avoid making any sudden moves, but as if on cue, the giant reptile suddenly leaped from the bank and into the boat, sending the people scrambling to the back to escape the wild animal.
Unfortunately for the large beast, its wide girth caused it to become stuck between the bars of the railing on the boat momentarily, leaving it to kick its legs wildly in an effort to break free. It finally splashed down into the water harmlessly.
“We couldn’t believe it was really happening, everyone was scrambling around and trying to get to the back,” Emerald Hindery said, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “I stayed in my seat for a half second, then Tylor grabbed me and I somehow ended up in the driver’s seat.”
“It happened too fast to be scary until after it was over,” she added.
Here’s the Tylor’s video that he posted on FB. It has over 16 Million views!
Talk about crazy wild! Now, THAT’s an “up close and personal” experience with a gator in the Florida swamps! Tylor said,
“My sister was watching it live and she said that she thought she was watching the end.” Emerald explained his sister said ” ‘I thought I was going to get to see the end of my brother,’ like she was excited–obviously she was joking.”
Besides Tylor and Emerald there were two other people on the boat besides the captain. No one was injured, just a little shook up from the incident.
So the next time you are on an adventure in Florida looking for beach, sand, fun in the sun, and more….you just might get a little more!
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