Magazine article Screen International

Disney Chief on 'Devastating' Resort Alligator Attack

Magazine article Screen International

Disney Chief on 'Devastating' Resort Alligator Attack

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Police divers found the body of Lane Graves about 16 hours after the youngster, on holiday with his family from Nebraska, was taken by the reptile while he stood by a lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, near Magic Kingdom Park.

"As a parent and a grandparent, my heart goes out to the Graves family during this time of devastating loss," said The Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Iger.

"My thoughts and prayers are with them, and I know everyone at Disney joins me in offering our deepest sympathies."

Orange County sheriffJerry Demings told a press conference on Wednesday morning that the child's body had been found "intact" and that he had most likely drowned. An autopsy will determine the official cause of death.

According to reports the alligator, believed to be between four and seven feet long, struck around 9pm during an outdoor film screening while the youngster waded in about a foot of water at the Seven Seas Lagoon. …

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