ORLANDO – More than 18 hours after a gator pulled a toddler into a lagoon, crews have recovered his body at the Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
Lane Graves, 2, was attacked by the alligator at Seven Seas Lagoon around 9:15 p.m Tuesday.
His body was found Wednesday afternoon, completely intact. The body has been turned over to the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office.
His family says the boy was wading into the lagoon when the alligator struck, WFTV reports. His father jumped in to rescue him, but couldn’t wrench the boy away from the gator, according to officials.
“That gator swam away with the child, unfortunately,” said Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jeff Williamson.
Gator attacks are very rare, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman.
Disney released the following statement following the alligator attack:
“There are no words to convey the profound sorrow we feel for the family and their unimaginable loss. We are devastated and heartbroken by this tragic accident and are doing what we can to help the family during this difficult time. On behalf of everyone at Disney, we offer our deepest sympathies.”