Tybee Island beaches reopen after alligator caught

UPDATE: Tybee Island Fire Department says the alligator has been caught and the beach has been reopened.

The fire department posted a video of the capture on Facebook.

Firefighters say the alligator was 7 feet long.

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TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have closed some beaches along the Georgia coast as a precaution after a large alligator was spotted near Savannah.

Tybee Island officials say in a statement the gator, estimated to be 8 to 10 feet long, was spotted early Friday morning in the water off the beaches on the south end of Tybee Island.

They say all beaches were then closed from the Parker Pier to the back river.

Authorities say animal control officers, the Tybee Island fire chief, and a professional trapper were working to capture the animal so that it can be removed.

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