Two-year-old's body found after alligator attack tragedy at Disney resort

By admin
16 June 2016

A family day out at a Disney resort turned into a horrific nightmare when an alligator attacked a two-year-old boy.

According to reports, Lane Graves was paddling in the shallows of a lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Florida on Tuesday when a caiman (an American alligator) snatched him from the shore.

His father Matt hurtled into the water after the boy, but in the space of about 30 seconds, the beast had disappeared with his son. A frantic 16-hour search ensued, during which officials in boats, a helicopter, police officers and several caiman catchers searched tirelessly for the boy. Divers found him about six feet (1,8m) below the surface and only 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4 metres) from where he had last been seen. “His body was completely intact,” police spokesperson Sheriff Demings said told the media shortly after he and a Catholic priest had delivered the “tough message” to Matt, his wife, Melissa, and their four-year-old daughter, who live in the Elkhorn, Nebraska.

“The family was distraught but also, I believe, relieved that we were able to find their son.” He added that there was no question in his mind that “the child was drowned by the alligator.” At least five caimans were caught and cut open in the search for Lane's body. The tragedy is the first of its kind since the resort opened 45 years ago.

Sheriff Demings noted that there was a sign that said swimming was not permitted in the lagoon.

Jacquee Wahler, vice president of the Walt Disney World Resort, said in a statement: “Everyone here at the Walt Disney World Resort is devastated by this tragic accident.

“Our thoughts are with the family. We are helping the family and doing everything we can to assist law enforcement.”

Sources: CNN, New York Post, MailOnline

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