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OUR DEVASTATION; Family of Disney alligator death boy tell of grief.

Byline: jay reeves

THE family of a boy killed by an alligator at Disney World have told of their devastation at his death.

Matt and Melissa Graves, of Omaha, Nebraska, said words cannot express their grief, adding: "We are devastated and ask for privacy during this extremely difficult time."

The family thanked authorities in Orlando, Florida, for their help after the alligator grabbed two-year-old Lane Graves from shallow water in a lake at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa hotel on Tuesday.

His body was found in the water on Wednesday.

The beach had "No swimming" signs but no warnings about alligators.

Disney said they will now add alligator warnings. The resort's beaches remain closed.

While it is an unwritten rule among Florida residents that small children are kept away from ponds and lakes, many visitors are not aware of the danger from the state's one million alligators.

Wildlife officials get 16,000 alligator-related complaints a year.

Kadie Whalen, of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, said her three young children and niece were playing on a Disney resort beach four years ago when a seven-foot alligator appeared a few feet away.

She alerted the children and no one was hurt.

Kadie said: "We knew Disney was aware that this was a problem, and yet they encourage people to be there."


LOSSTWO-year-old Lane

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 18, 2016
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