"It's mating season and that gator was very territorial," licensed trapper Trey Durant wrote on Facebook alongside a picture of the monster beast, captured and killed in Augusta.
"A scary situation, especially sitting at the bottom of a septic tank and you don't know that anybody's coming to get you," said paramedic Nick Wettlaufer.
Local firefighters were on hand to help the American vacationers.
Passengers claimed that the ship's crew said "another 45 minutes won't kill anyone" while they were stuck in the elevator.
36-year-old Jeremy Taylor got stuck in the snow with his dog Ally after they went driving in a snowstorm.
The death toll is expected to rise as emergency workers clear the destroyed buildings.
The man had jumped in to rescue his dog from the icy waters on Sunday.
"He knows us quite well and clearly thought it would be OK to call us for help. A bit like calling a friend," a local officer said.
The miners have been trapped in a flooded "rat hole" illegal mine, surviving in an air pocket in the main shaft.
"We are reviewing what transpired with our Piedmont and Kansas City colleagues," the airline said.
"My mother was fit and healthy and had years of a very happy life ahead of her," the son said.
Because of a key fob malfunction, he was stuck in the car for more than 13 hours.
The boys thanked the rescuers for all their efforts and vowed to live life to the full following their "miracle" escape.
Hospital Director Chaiwetch Thanapaisal said at a news conference that "everyone is strong in mind and heart."
Kunan was volunteering to help rescue the trapped soccer team and delivered air tanks to keep them alive.
The boys are shown introducing themselves and thanking everyone involved in the ongoing rescue attempt.
The twelve boys and soccer team coach trapped inside the Tham Luang caves were found alive by an international team of divers Monday.
Navy "Seal" divers are within the final 600 yards of where officials believe the trapped Thai soccer team took refuge in the Tham Luang cave that flooded after heavy rains and prevented the 12 boys and coach from leaving the caves outside Pattaya Beach.
"We need a miracle," said a parent whose son was among the missing.
"She did everything she knew to stay alive. She stayed in her car and was waiting for people to come find her."
People trapped by flooding in the wake of the hurricane were stuck in attics of homes.
Aid hasn't arrived, and people are blocked from leaving via designated corridors during ceasefire.