LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — 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 son after the boy was pulled into the water outside Disney’s upscale Grand Floridian Resort.
Capt. Tom Wellons described his interaction with the Nebraska father in emails to his supervisors obtained by The Orlando Sentinel. He said the family kept showing rescuers pictures of the boy.
Five alligators were killed shortly after the incident. The boy’s body was discovered intact about 15 yards from shore, 6 feet underwater.
Signs in the area advised against swimming but did not warn of gators.