Disney gator attack: Guest warned resort employee 45 minutes before fatal bite

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Chilling Report Reveals New Details About Alligator Attack At Disney Resort

A Walt Disney World guest warned hotel employees about an alligator 5 feet from shore less than an hour before the fatal attack on 2-year-old Lane Graves, according to a report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Shawna Giacomini, a tourist from North Carolina, told investigators in a sworn statement that she was on the beach at about 7:15 p.m. on June 14 with her two daughters when the children saw an alligator in the marsh about 5 feet from shore. The older daughter went to a man wearing a shirt labeled "coordinator" and told him about the alligator.

The family then went to the store, and by the time they returned, the attack had happened.

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At approximately 9:00 p.m. on June 14 at the Grand Floridian resort at Walt Disney World, an adult gator bit Graves on the head and dragged him under the water, causing injuries that resulted in the child's death. At the time, Graves was bent over near the hotel's beach area filling a bucket with water.

Look back on social media reactions to the deadly attack:

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Lane Graves, 2 Rest In Peace, little man. https://t.co/QgnZkLzHnF
This is so tragic. And in Orlando too! 😓https://t.co/RsQSfhsyIB
That poor baby at Disney :(
3rd tragedy in #Orlando. #Disney resort, Alligator snatches child, persumed dead. #God be with those mourning. #Tragic .
My prayers go out to the family that lost their baby to the Alligator in Disney World. That's so traumatizing 😪.
A 2 year old was dragged into the lakes at walt Disney world by a alligator in Orlando . So heartbreaking omg😢💔
I couldn't even begin imagine... -Alligator grabs toddler, drags him into lagoon at Disney hotel, police say https://t.co/yEhS1CTYxC
My heart goes out to the British family at Disney resort, who's two year old baby has been grabbed by a alligator.. Shocking #DisneyOrlando
that little boy in disney noooo 😢
If ANYONE wants to blame those poor parents in the alligator incident at Disney, talk to me.They did the same thing I've done w/my kids.
Woke up to the news about that poor 2 yearold at Disney and the comments from the horrible soulless people saying the patents deserve it WTF
Orlando cannot seem to catch a break. 😔 Praying for the family who just lost their 2yr old to an alligator at Disney. 💔
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The report also contained testimony from other resort guests who separately observed alligators in close proximity the evening of the attack.

Jason Ochs emailed investigators on June 19, reporting that he had observed an alligator at about 7:30 p.m. swimming from an island to the beach area. Alfred Smith, another hotel guest, photographed an alligator from his room at 7:41 p.m. He told investigators that he warned an unidentified Disney employee and was in the process of warning the children whom he noticed playing in the water "when he heard the mother screaming."

The report concluded that the incident was an unprovoked "predatory attack" and said that an investigation into alligator feeding activity — which has been blamed for the presence of alligators so close to resort guests — is ongoing.

"We continue to pray for the Graves family," Nick Wiley, the executive director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said in an email. "FWC would like to thank Disney and our partners at the Orange County Sheriff's Office for the professional collaboration on this thorough investigation. Our agency will continue to work to keep families informed on how they can safely enjoy all that Florida has to offer."

Learn more about alligators in Florida:

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In this March 24, 2014 photo, alligators lie on grass near fresh water at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, in Gainesville, Fla. he death of a Nebraska tot killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World raises questions in a state known for tourism. While residents know of the dangers posed by the predators, how should attractions warn unsuspecting visitors? Area officials have praised Disney's wildlife management system, but the company says it's reviewing policies that do not include alligator warning signs around lakes and ponds. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
An alligator thrashes in a lagoon in a golf course as it is hooked by a trapper to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Alligator trapper Mark Whitmire prepares an alligator he caught in a lagoon on a golf course to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
An alligator floats on the surface of the water in a lagoon in a golf course before a trapper caught it to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
An alligator has its mouth taped shut and is held down after it was caught by a trapper to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A captive alligator is pictured as it rains in Oviedo, Florida, U.S., June 18, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
An alligator floats on the surface of the water in a lagoon in a golf course before a trapper caught it to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Alligator trapper Mark Whitmire traps an alligator in a lagoon on golf course to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Ryan Moore of the U.S. is reflected in a pond on the island green 17th hole as an alligator swims past during second round play of the Tournament Players Championship PGA golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF ANIMALS)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 23: An alligator as seen during a preview round for The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa - Champion Course on February 23, 2016 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 24: A large Aligator and some geese beside a lake on the course during the pro-am as a preview for the 2016 Honda Classic held on the PGA National Course at the PGA National Resort and Spa on February 24, 2016 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
An alligator has its mouth taped closed after being caught in a lagoon in a golf course by a trapper to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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