The Disney World alligator attack that killed 2-year-old Lane Graves in Orlando, Florida devastated the nation. Nearly a week after the tragedy, authorities have just released the chilling 911 call made after the toddler was dragged into the water by an alligator.
Calls were made Tuesday evening alerting EMS officials that a little boy was attacked and dragged into a lake by an alligator at the Seven Seas Lagoon resort at Disney World.
One of the calls was from a woman presumed to be a staffer at the Beach Pool at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa; she told the dispatcher “someone drowned in the Seven Seas Lagoon Lake.” She was working at the pool area about 20-to-30 yards from the lifeguard stand.
ABC News published a transcript of the 911 call made soon after the Disney alligator attack that occurred around 9 p.m.
According to the report, the first call Reedy County released was from a lifeguard post in the resort area. Only the 911 operator was heard speaking because whenever a lifeguard leaves a post for rescue, 911 is automatically dialed to alert authorities for immediate help to the exact location of the scene, Reedy Creek Fire Department spokesman Bo Jones said. The lifeguard at the post where this 911 call originated had already begun the rescue process, which is why no one was responding to the dispatcher.
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First responders arrived within four minutes after the first call, which is why authorities reveal no third 911 call was made. Communications were switched to internal radio systems from the scene to dispatch.
In the transcript of the second 911 call made after the Disney World alligator attack, the woman tells dispatchers to “come to the Grand Coridi—Floridian please. Someone drowned in the—in the— Seven Seas Lagoon….Lake.” At first, the operator wasn’t clear on her words. The unidentified caller repeated that “someone drowned in the Seven Seas Lagoon Lake.”
The operator then asks if they’re “at the pool?” The caller urgently tells them, “No. Lake.”
The operator asks once more if the caller means the lake or the pool, with the caller confirming it’s definitely in the lake.
“You said they drowned there?” the dispatcher asks again.
“Um, someone drowned there – I just stayed in the pool. Please come to the Grand Floridian,” the woman says.
The operator tells the caller to stay on the line “for just a second” because they got another call. After the pause, the operator asks the woman if she saw the person believed to be drowning. She says she didn’t, but the lifeguard will have the information. The woman explains that she’s still at the pool and didn’t see anything, but tells the dispatcher that it appeared someone was being pulled out of the lake.
The 911 operator asks if the caller is using a drop phone at the pool and instructs her to call from cell phone to track where they’re at. The woman then calls back and the operator directs her to go closer to the lagoon and call Reedy Creek. After that, the operator says they’re “on their way.”
Two-year-old Lane’s body was found by searchers on Wednesday. His body was discovered “completely intact” about 10-to-15 yards from shore, according to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demin.
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Lane’s parents, Matt and Melissa Graves, are “overwhelmed” by all of the support they’re receiving. They released a second statement on Saturday, according to their church’s website.
“Melissa and I continue to deal with the loss of our beloved boy, Lane, and are overwhelmed with the support and love we have received from family and friends in our community as well as from around the country.
“We understand the public’s interest, but as we move forward this weekend, we ask for and appreciate the privacy we need to lay our son to rest.
“Neither Melissa, myself or anyone from our family will be speaking publicly; we simply cannot at this time.”
People reports that the Graves returned home in Elkhorn, Nebraska with their 4-year-old daughter, Ella, on Thursday.
A funeral for Lane Graves will be held on Sunday.
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