Alligator Drags Two-Year-Old Boy Into The Water At Orlando Disney World Resort

Authorities in Orlando are searching for a two-year-old boy who was dragged into the water by an alligator near Disney’s upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Orange County sheriff Jerry Demings said a family of five from Nebraska was on holiday and wading in a lake on Tuesday evening despite “no swimming signs” when the attack happened.

“As a father, as a grandfather, we’re going to hope for the best in these circumstances,” Mr Demings said at a press conference.

“But based on my 35 years of law enforcement experience, we know we have some challenges ahead of us.”

Area near where an alligator dragged a two-year-old boy into the water near Disney’s upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando CREDIT: AP

Mr Demings said that more than 50 law enforcement personnel were searching the Seven Seas Lagoon for the boy and will keep looking.

The sheriff’s office received an emergency call at 9:21pm and is conducting a search and recovery operation aided by Florida Fish and wildlife and Reedy Creek fire rescue.

Helicopter and boat teams search for the missing toddler CREDIT: ORLANDO SENTINEL

Mr Demings said: “The father entered the water and tried to grab the child but he was not successful.”

The mother also tried to rescue the boy and the father suffered hand injuries, he added. The family has not been named.

The attack happened in an area of the Seven Seas Lagoon where “no swimming” signs were posted, Mr Demings said.

The alligator was estimated to be 4 to 7 feet long, but its exact size was not known.

Mr Demings said there had been no other recent reports of similar alligator attacks at the lake.

Hotel guest A.J. Jain and his family from Georgia were visiting Disney and told the LA Times that his family was playing on the beach near the scene of the incident earlier on Tuesday.

“I’m just here to say a prayer,” he said. “I can’t imagine what those parents are going through. It’s been one tough week in Orlando.”

A search is underway for the missing toddler CREDIT: KATHERINE WHITE POPP/PA

The luxury resort is one monorail stop from Disney World. The man-made Seven Seas Lagoon reaches a depth of about 14 feet and is used for boating activities.

Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahaler said everyone at the resort was devastated by what happened and Disney is helping the family.

Florida Fish & Wildlife search for a missing two-year-old boy dragged into the water by an alligator CREDIT: ORLANDO SENTINEL


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