Alligators were involved in Disney attack

July 4, 2016 9:00 am

Matt
Graves said he was attacked by a second alligator as he tried to reach
his son after the boy was pulled into the water outside Disney’s Grand
Floridian Resort. Photo / AFP

The father of a toddler killed by an alligator at Disney last
month told rescue officials two alligators were involved in the attack,
according to emails from the Reedy Creek Fire Department.
Matt
Graves said he was attacked by a second alligator as he tried to reach
his 2-year-old son after the boy was pulled into the water outside
Disney’s upscale Grand Floridian Resort.
Captain Tom Wellons described his interaction with the Nebraska father in emails to his supervisors obtained by The Orlando Sentinel.
Wellons said Graves initially refused to leave the area as rescuers
searched for little Lane Graves even though the father needed stitches
and antibiotics from gator bite marks.

Lane Graves was taken by an alligator while he was paddling at a Disney resort beach.

Wellons said he eventually persuaded Graves to get medical treatment, promising he could return afterward.
“This
incredibly sweet couple insisted on showing us pictures of their happy
son. (The) mom kept referring to him as her ‘happy boy,'” Wellons wrote
in the emails.
On the way to the hospital, Graves shared “the
horror that he experienced” as his son was being pulled into the water
and “how another gator attacked him as he fought for his son,” according
to the email to supervisors.
The emails were forwarded to Orange
County officials to alert them there may be a second gator. The boy’s
body was discovered intact about 15 yards from the shore, six feet
underwater.
Signs posted in the area advised against swimming but did not warn of alligators.
Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials have said they’re
“confident” they caught the alligator that killed the boy.
Agency
records listed 15 alligators caught on Disney property from the
beginning of this year through May. It didn’t include the six trapped
since the June 14 attack.
Walt Disney World recently erected “No
fishing” signs on several properties. Fishing at Disney World is now
limited to excursions.
Netting was also added to the rope fences
that were installed after the attack and hotel beaches are now being
staffed by employees and closing at night, except during fireworks.

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