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Florida man dismembered while searching for frisbees in sea full of alligators

The body of Sean Thomas McGuinness (left) was found dismembered in an alligator-filled lake in Florida

The body of Sean Thomas McGuinness (left) was found dismembered in an alligator-filled lake in Florida (Images: AP/Facebook/WFLA)

A man hunting flying discs in an alligator-filled Florida lake has been found dismembered.

The body of Sean Thomas McGuinness, 47, was discovered in Taylor Lake in Largo, where he often searched for items that had fallen from a nearby disc golf course, police told Spectrum Bay News 9.

“When Sean McGuinness was recovered last week, it was found that he was missing three limbs,” Largo Police spokeswoman Megan Santo told the TV network.

His remains were found on May 31 and the coroner’s final report is expected by the end of July, according to Santo.

Sean Thomas McGuinness made a living reselling flying discs

Sean Thomas McGuinness made a living looking to resell flying discs (Image: Facebook/Derek Erskin)

McGuinness went chest-deep in the lake two weeks before the incident and knew it was full of alligators, Derek Erskin, 37, who frequented the site, told the station.

“He was fully conscious,” Erskin said. “He seemed pretty happy with what he was doing.”

A park ranger had attempted to enter McGuinness from the lake. When rangers responded on April 11 and 19, they could not find him, the station reported based on public records.

“That was the last disc he ever tried to get,” Erskin said. “Hopefully he has his peace with the Lord now and that’s the best we could wish for.”

An alligator warning sign is posted in waters near the scene where a man was found dead after going into the lake to retrieve lost disc golf discs at John S Taylor Park

An alligator warning sign is posted in waters near the scene where a man was found dead after going into the lake to retrieve lost disc golf discs at John S Taylor Park (Image: AP)

McGuinness made a living finding and reselling flying discs and frisbees, according to his best friend of eight, Ryan McKinley, 47.

“He didn’t ask for handouts — he worked,” McKinley told Spectrum Bay News 9. “He made a living no matter what he had to do, and I respected him for that.”

McGuinness, who had no family members in Florida, was suffering from a tumor in his pituitary gland, which McKinley said forced him to ask his boyfriend to leave his home in January.

“It was starting to cause problems with my family, and so I had to ask him to leave,” McKinley said. “It kills me to this day because I blame myself a bit.”

McKinley added that he thinks McGuinness would have been upset if he had known that Florida Fish and Wildlife Trappers had euthanized two large alligators in the lake after his death.

“He would have been upset that they were killing the alligators,” McKinley said. ‘He doesn’t want that.’

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