A 9-year-old boy attacked by an alligator recounted the attack.

James Barney, Jr. was swimming in part of a Florida lake that’s off-limits to swimmers when he was bit three times.

“I was scared,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do, so I just immediately hit it, and it let go a little, and I swam to shore while yelling, ‘Help!’"

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Barney is still on antibiotics, but will be able to leave the hospital soon.

Meanwhile, trained trappers continue to search the lake in hopes of catching that gator.