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Published on : Thursday, June 16, 2016
The dead body of Lane Graves, the two-year-old victim of alligator attack, was recovered in the afternoon on Wednesday, 16th June. Dozens of fire department officials, officials from the sheriff’s office, and professional divers rescued his body using sonar, after 16 hours of search and rescue mission. As the body was intact, officials announced drowning, as the cause of his death.
At 4:30pm local time, on a press conference, Orange County sheriff Jerry Demings stated, “There’s no question in my mind that the child was drowned by the alligator. It was a tough message to deliver to them. The family was distraught but somewhat relieved we were able to retrieve their son with his body intact.”
The family of four, from Elkhorn in Nebraska, was on their dream vacation as the summer break started. At the time of the unfortunate incident, the family was enjoying an open-air movie screening and fireworks show with others. The kid, along with his sister and parents, was standing near the shoreline of the resort’s lake. There was no warning sign for possible alligator attack in the grand and famous park and resort of Disney. The alligator attacked and entered the lake with the boy and chocked him to death.
As of now, Disney authorities have closed the entire resort and the beaches to ensure the safety of the guests. The alligator is being tracked down right at this moment.
Jeff Williamson, the spokesperson for Orange County sheriff’s office stated, “There’s a sign there that says no swimming. There’s no indication he was doing that, but he was at the edge of the water and this freakish incident takes place in which a gator comes along and latches on to this poor child.”
He also added, “This hotel has never had complaints of an alligator attack, or an alligator nuisance, whatsoever. This beach has been there for a very long time. We’re treating this as an isolated incident.”
Director of communication for Walt Disney parks and resort, Jacquee Wahler commented, “We are devastated by this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with the family.”
It is true that all Floridians know that they must be cautious near water-bodies, but it is not possible for every tourist to know about the risks that some of the water-bodies might possess. It was the sole responsibility of the Disney park and resorts authorities to warn their guests. They should have been more careful, when their target customers are toddlers and kids.
Although the park authorities apologised. But, can their apology bring a baby back to his mother? The Disney World resort is considered to be one of the major attractions of Florida. After the recent occurrence in the kids’ wonderland, should tourists with kids choose to visit Disney parks and resorts any more? Is Florida safe to travel at all?