Workers were seen building a fence along the border of the lagoon where a 2 year-old boy was dragged by an alligator at Disney?s Grand Floridian Resort on June 17. Pictures and videos shared by twitter user Tharin White show the moment when the fence was being built. The resort?s management decided to put warnings in the area after the boy was found dead on June 15, according to news reports. Credit: Tharin White
A FRANTIC 911 caller pleaded for help after two-year-old Lane Graves was taken by an alligator on the beach of a luxury Disney World resort.
“Please come to the Grand Floridian, please. Someone drowned in the — in the — Seven Seas Lagoon Lake!” an unidentified woman begged the dispatcher during the phone call, which was released by authorities in Florida.
The chilling phone call was made from the Beach Pool at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa that borders the lagoon where the young boy was snatched and later drowned, the New York Post reports.
The caller didn’t witness the attack, but was alerted of the horrifying incident.
The 911 operator then instructed the woman, who authorities believe works at the pool bar, to get closer to the lagoon and call back.
“Do you have a cellphone that you can call from and go by where they’re at and give me more information?” the operator asked.
“OK, just give me a second, I will call you back and tell you more,” she replied.
It was the second call to 911. The first call was made automatically by the lagoon lifeguard stand when the attendant went to assist the child at around 9.15pm. No audio from that call was recorded.
The Disney staffer didn’t have to call authorities back since responders arrived less than four minutes after the initial call was made, Reedy Creek Fire Department spokesman Bo Jones told ABC News on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Nebraska parents Matt and Melissa Graves continue to grieve their loss and asked again for privacy in order “to lay our son to rest.”
“Neither Melissa, myself or anyone from our family will be speaking publicly; we simply cannot at this time,” Matt said in a second statement released Saturday.
The devastated Elkhorn parents also thanked the public, saying they “are overwhelmed with the support and love we have received,” the statement said, according to KETV in Omaha.
Lane’s body was recovered Wednesday after an extensive search using sonar technology of the 172-acre lagoon not far from where he was taken.
“No Swimming” signs were posted at the location of the attack, but there were no signs warning of gators in the area despite Disney’s prior knowledge that the beasts often lurked in premise waters.
Disney World officials finally put up a fence and posted warning signs Friday.
This article first appeared on the New York Post.