SPRINGFIELD, Mo. The Florida swamps entice tourists from all over the world including Springfield resident Tylor Hindery, who convinced his wife to join the fun.
"I kind of had to talk Emerald into going on it," he said. Emerald Hindery chimed in, "Yeah, I didn't want to go."
Tylor was so eager to spot a gator, he had his camera aimed and ready to capture it all. But remember that old saying, "Be careful what you wish for"?
"And that's when, boom it just happened all of the sudden," Tylor exclaimed.
The couple said the wind blew their boat right up next to a bank where a huge gator was lounging. Their tour-guide was just about to push off, when the alligator leapt onto their boat, scuttled across, and got stuck for a few seconds between railing on the other side before it splashed into the water.
"At that point, it kind of, for a few seconds, was like this isn't real life right now," said Tylor.
At the same time, Tylor and Emerald had scurried to safer a spot on the boat, caught their breath, and then realized the gator just wanted to be back in water. After a brief few moments of jumbling around, Tylor steadied his camera and continued to shoot, he said "I was like, 'Oh my goodness, I'm still alive let's film the again.'"
After all, he had a captive audience because he was recording on Facebook live.
"My sister was watching it live and she said that she thought she was watching the end," he stated, laughing. Emerald chuckled back and 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."
They can laugh about the experience looking back. Although the Springfield couple intends to visit the Sunshine State in the future, they probably won't cap this excursion, but they're okay with that. "Maybe we don't really want to top it; we'll just plateau right at this one and maybe a little tamer trips from now," Emerald said, as she giggled.
Some of their friends have been suggesting names for the alligator; one of them is Speedy. Along with the tour-guide, there were two other people on the boat with Tylor and Emerald. No one was hurt, just frightened for a few seconds.