Parents of boy killed by Alligator at Disney resort speaks out

The parents of the two-year-old boy who was dragged to his death by an alligator at a Disney resort have spoken out.

Matt and Melissa Graves were unable to save their son Lane as the predator pulled him into the water at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando.

The couple, who were on vacation from Nebraska with their two children, have said they are devastated by their loss.

They revealed their pain as Disney confirmed they would be installing warnings next to the lake where the boy died, and Florida's legal community predicted a multi-million-dollar payout for the boy's family.

Disney has closed all beaches following Graves' death, and it's not now known if or when they'll reopen, or under what circumstances. The company says it is reviewing its signage, but it does have an open permit to pull alligators from the water when they're spotted.

The boy was dragged into the water by the alligator on Tuesday night, prompting a widespread search.

A statement by Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler said the company also was conducting a "swift and thorough review of all of our processes and protocols".

"They are now a part of our extended FWC family, and we will continue to stand with them", said Chairman Brian Yablonski. "Our thoughts are with the family". Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings tells The Associated Press there was no indication that they committed any crime that contributed to the reptile grabbing their son.

Although an autopsy still has to be completed, the sheriff said it is likely that the boy drowned. The body was found about 10-15 yards offshore and about 6 feet underwater.

The beach where Lane Graves was attacked had "no swimming" signs but none warning about alligators. "Matt's family is the light of his life", she told the Sentinel, "And his family's anguish is our own". It was like their last night there.

The tragedy has shaken the community, said Norman Hale, principal of Elkhorn St. Patrick's School.

In Florida, alligators may be a common sight, but attacks are rare.

 

 

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