VIDEO: Pushy alligator knocks over kayaker in Waccamaw River

(CNN) — A local kayaker’s peaceful journey down a North Carolina river gets interrupted by a very close encounter with an alligator.

Pete Joyce was navigating a swampy section of the Waccamaw River when the push predator showed up.

The alligator slammed into the kayak’s side, tipping the operator into the water. Luckily, Joyce was able to grab a tree branch to avoid being turned upside down.

He says the video doesn’t do the encounter justice and says the close call left him with a different appreciation for alligators.

CNN’s Jeremy Roth has that story and more in “That a Look at This.” Watch the story in the video player above.

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