Disney unveils statue honouring toddler killed by alligator

Disney unveils statue honouring toddler killed by alligator
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Walt Disney World has unveiled a statue in memory of a boy who was killed by an alligator at its resort last year.

Toddler Lane Thomas Graves was playing on a beach and sand area at the Grand Floridian Resort when he was dragged into the water by the alligator.

The father entered the water of the Seven Seas Lagoon to try and wrestle his son away from the alligator but was unsuccessful. The boy's mother also entered the water in a rescue attempt, before a lifeguard was alerted.

Lane's body was later recovered by a dive squad.

The statue, a small lighthouse sculpture, has been installed to spread awareness of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was established to support families who need organ transplants.

Disney World officials were criticised after the boy's death for their failure to provide proper warning signage along the lagoon. Alligator warning signs have since been installed.