An email recently made public is now shedding light into the difficult circumstances that kept Matt Graves from saving his son Lane from a deadly gator attack.
Last month, Matt and his wife Melissa had gone to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa with their two-year-old son Lane for a family vacation. They were visiting Florida from Elkhorn, Nebraska. One evening, the family was enjoying a movie night outside the resort when Lane was suddenly snatched by an alligator as he was wading in the shallow part of a lagoon.
Tragically, his body was found the next day about 10 to 15 yards away from where he was taken. When Lane’s body was found, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said, “Of course, the autopsy has to confirm that, but there is likely no question in my mind that the child was drowned by the alligator.”
Today, more details are emerging about that tragic evening for the Graves family. According to a report from the Orlando Sentinel, an email from Captain Tom Wellons of the Reedy Creek Fire Department to his supervisors revealed that Lane’s father ended up wrestling with two gators at the time of his son’s attack.
In the email, Wellons revealed that Matt told him about “how another gator attacked him as he fought for his son.” Moreover, Wellons wrote that Matt told him about “the horror that he experienced” while trying to desperately save Lane.
The father also “refused to leave the area” following the attack, but Wellons managed to convince him that he can return after getting medical treatment. Matt sustained several lacerations after wrestling with the gators.
Meanwhile, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Angelo Nieves said that a witness confirmed Matt’s story from the evening incident. The witness had said “he saw a second gator attack the father” as he was trying to free his son from the first one in the water. However, Nieves also said that Matt never told the Sheriff’s office about the second gator.