HORRY COUNTY, S.C (WBTW) — A 75-year-old Myrtle Beach man has been identified as the person killed on Friday by an alligator in Horry County.

Michael Burstein drowned after being attacked and dragged into a retention pond in the area of Excalibur Court near Myrtle Beach, according to Deputy Horry County Coroner Michelle McSpadden. The attack happened about noon.

The alligator was removed from the pond and euthanized after the attack, authorities said.

Burstein is the fourth person killed in South Carolina by an alligator since 2016, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The others were in 2020 in Charleston County, in 2018 in Beaufort County and in 2016 in Charleston County. There have been 17 total attacks since 2000, the SCDNR said.

The SCDNR offered the following safety tips for living around alligators:

  • Do not feed, approach or harass alligators
  • Do not allow unattended children in areas where alligators are known to frequent
  • Do not allow pets near or in any water where alligators are known to be
  • DO observe alligators from a distance
  • DO treat alligators with respect

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