Police have recovered the body of a two-year-old boy taken by an alligator at a Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida.
Lane Graves was wading along the shore of the Seven Seas lagoon, despite the no-swimming signs posted around the area, when he was dragged into the water by an alligator on Tuesday night. His father tried to free the boy from the alligator, reported to have been up to two metres long, but Lane could not be saved.
The Orange County sheriff, Jerry Demings, confirmed that the body was located by a dive team and removed from the lagoon, completely intact. “There’s likely no question in my mind that the child was drowned by the alligator,” Sheriff Demings said.
The search effort included 50 officers, boats equipped with sonar and an alligator trapper. Five alligators were killed in the search and authorities will work to determine whether any of them were responsible for the the boy’s death.
Images of Pistorius girlfriend’s body released by court
A judge in South Africa has granted permission for images of Reeva Steenkamp’s body to be made public following a request from her family. Reeva’s father, Barry Steenkamp, who gave evidence against Pistorius in a sentencing hearing on Tuesday, told the courtroom he had seen only one photo of the body but wanted “the world to see” the severity of her wounds. He also told the court he wanted the images to be used as a warning to others of the dangers of firearms.
The hearing was held because Pistorius’s manslaughter conviction was upgraded, on appeal, to murder – which carries a heavier sentence. The former Olympian will face court again for resentencing on July 6, 2016.
Chinese ship stalks US carrier through disputed waters
The Chinese Navy is stalking the US aircraft carrier John C. Stennis, in the Western Pacific, where it is taking part in military exercises with the Japanese and Indian navies. The Chinese observation vessel followed the John C. Stennis from the South China Sea, where the US was flying the flag for freedom of navigation in defiance of Chinese territorial claims.
“We are getting used to operating in close proximity of Chinese vessels,” a US Navy spokesman said, adding that such shadowing was becoming common, but was not interpreted by the US as provocative.
EgyptAir debris located in Mediterranean Sea
An Egyptian search and rescue team has pinpointed the location of the main elements of wreckage from the EgyptAir flight that disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea last month. A vessel owned by the Deep Ocean Search Committee found the wreckage 3000 metres deep. Crew will now race to locate and recover the plane’s black boxes, which may help explain why the plane, carrying 66 people, broke apart in mid-air on May 19.
Images of the wreckage will help the searchers draw a map to guide the search for the flight recorders, which were housed in the tail of the plane, before their batteries die and they stop emitting a guiding radio signal. Even if the recorders can be recovered, there is no guarantee they will contain any salvageable data.
Prince William becomes the first royal to feature on cover of a gay magazine
The Duke of Cambridge has made history by becoming the cover star of UK gay magazine Attitude. William, who features in the July issue, spoke to the magazine about the issues surrounding homophobia and bullying. (Cover image, left, from Attitude Magazine’s website.)
William invited the magazine to bring members of the LGBT community to Kensington Palace to discuss some of the repercussions of bullying, such as mental health. A number of people who attended the meeting at Kensington Palace spoke of suicide attempts, depression and low self-esteem.
“No-one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason,” the Duke said.
“You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of.”
– Compiled from web sources by Ariana Norton, Samantha Besgrove and Joseph Walz
Screengrab of Sheriff Jerry Demings from a Fox news report.