Authorities Release 911 Calls from Night of Alligator Attack at Disney World

The 911 call from last week's alligator attack at Disney World have been released

Photo: Orange County Sheriff's Office

Florida authorities released the 911 calls from the night a Nebraska toddler was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon at a Disney World Resort by an alligator.

Although it’s now been revealed that the toddler was taken into the water by the alligator, the caller originally reported a drowning in the call obtained by PEOPLE.

“Please come to the Grand Coridi-Floridian please. Someone drowned in the – in the – Seven Seas Lagoon Lake,” the caller said in one 911 call.

At that point, it seems the dispatcher had trouble hearing the female caller, as they continue to ask clarifying questions while the caller attempts to describe what is happening.

“They’re in – at the pool?” the dispatcher asks.

“No. Lake,” the caller responds.

“In the lake?”


“You said they drowned there?” the operator asks.

“Um, someone drowned there – I just stayed in the pool. Please come to the Grand Floridian,” the caller says again.

After their initial conversation, the 911 dispatcher tells the caller to hang up and call on a mobile phone so that they can get closer to the scene to describe what’s going on.

According to authorities, two calls were made, with the first coming from a lifeguard on duty after they left their post. That call consisted only of a dispatcher with no answer on the other end.

The lifeguard stand is reportedly setup to automatically call 911 if the lifeguard leaves to rescue someone so that authorities are immediately notified.

Reedy Creek Fire Department spokesman Bo Jones told ABC News that there was no response because the lifeguard was already on his way to the site of the accident.

Although the identity of the second caller was not confirmed, it is believe to have come from another staff member in the pool area, ABC reports.

The body of 2-year-old Lane Graves was recovered from the late on Wednesday, just a day after he was dragged into the man-made lagoon when he was playing in about a foot of water around 9:30 p.m. with his father.

His father tried desperately to fight off the gator, suffering lacerations to his hand, but neither he nor the lifeguard could retrieve Lane from the water.

There was no signage warning guests about the presence of alligators. Since the attack, Disney has taken extensive measure to prevent future incidents; installing fences around the water and posting new signs.

“We are installing signage and temporary barriers at our resort beach locations and are working on permanent, long-term solutions at our beaches,” Disney said in a statement released to PEOPLE. “We continue to evaluate processes and procedures for our entire property, an, as part of this, we are reinforcing training with our cast for reporting sightings and interactions with wildlife and are expanding our communication to guests on this topic.”

The new warning signs, which appear in red, read: “DANGER. ALLIGATORS AND SNAKES IN AREA. STAY AWAY FROM THE WATER. DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE,” and feature images of an alligator and a snake.

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