The distraught father of a two-year-old boy who was last month dragged off and killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World in Florida said he was attacked by a second alligator as he fought to save his son.
Matt Graves, whose son Lane was killed in the Seven Seas Lagoon at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa after being dragged off in shallow waters, gave details about the attack to a fire captain, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Sunday.
The disclosure came via e-mail messages obtained by the newspaper from the Reedy Creek Fire Department, in which Captain Tom Wellons relayed the father’s account from the day after the incident to his supervisors, the newspaper reported.
Graves was on the way to a hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained while trying to save his son when he shared “the horror that he experienced” as his son was being pulled into the water and “how another gator attacked him as he fought,” Wellons wrote in the e-mail, according to the report.
Department Assistant Chief Stan Paynter forwarded the e-mail to Orange County officials to alert them about a second alligator.
The Sentinel also reported that sheriff’s office spokesman Angelo Nieves had said on Sunday a witness also said he had seen a second alligator attack the father.
Trappers killed and opened up five alligators the day after the attack before the boy’s body was found underwater and recovered intact.
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