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Dad says two alligators involved in Disney attack that killed son

Matt Graves said he was attacked by a second alligator as he tried to reach his son


 
American alligator. (Arto Hakola/Getty Images)

American alligator. (Arto Hakola/Getty Images)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — 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.

This image taken from video provided by courtesy of WKMG shows an area near where an alligator dragged a 2-year-old boy into the water near Disney's upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Speaking at a news conference early Wednesday, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings says the family of five from Nebraska was on vacation and wading in a lake Tuesday evening when the attack happened. (Courtesy WKMG via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ORLANDO MARKET OUT; TV OUT

This image taken from video provided by courtesy of WKMG shows an area near where two-year-old was dragged into the water near Disney’s upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Fla. (Courtesy WKMG via AP)


 
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