Authorities recover body of two-year-old attacked by gator at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort


Update: 4:30 pm

It has been confirmed that authorities have found the intact body of two-year-old Lane Graves. The child was found around 1:45 pm using sonar about 15 feet from the shore in 6 foot water and recovered by 3:30pm. Authorities have not captured the alligator that attacked Graves, but will continue to search until they find it. Disney has reported that they are going to “review protocols and signage” for their lakes.

Update: 1:25 am

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a child playing near the edge of the water on a beach at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa was attacked and pulled in the Seven Seas Lagoon. The boy’s father attempted to rescue him from the gator’s mouth, but had to walk away with a few scratches and is being assisted. The family is vacationing from Nebraska.

There are currently more than 50 officers searching the lake including 2 marine units. Florida Wildlife Commission has enough resources that it can stay on property until the child is found. Deputies hope to recover the child by daylight, but will still continue the search for as long as it takes.

When questioned about how the OCSO is reacting to this incident after the shootings over the past weekend, Sheriff Jerry Demmings responded, “The staff is very resilient, and tonight they are very focused on assisting the family.”



Original Post

Tragedy has struck Walt Disney World property. Reports are coming in that a two-year-old child has been attacked by an alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Twitter user ChristianTheMagician (@Menardness) broke the news and posted updates on the situation throughout the night.

Right now, it is believed that the child was at the Grand Floridian’s Movie Under the Stars on the beach when the child was attacked and drug into the water. Helicopters are circling the Seven Seas Lagoon, and everyone watching the situation from balconies around the area have been removed. Police are on the scene and have the area taped off and continue their search according to the Orlando Sentinel. We’ll update more on the story as new information is released.

Update: 12:20 am

Orange County Sheriff’s Office will give an update to media at 12:45 am. As of now, the child and gator are still currently missing.

Update: 11:59 pm

Update: 11:21 pm

Breaking: 10:28 pm



*The information contained in this article represents the opinion of the author, and not necessarily the opinion of the DIS.

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