Gator attacks 2yo boy & drags him into water near Disney’s Orlando resort
There is “no question” that the boy is dead, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said at the press conference at noon Wednesday. The attack was simply not survivable, and the efforts underway are aimed at recovering the body.
Over 50 law enforcement officers have been searching the Seven Seas Lagoon. Disney has temporarily closed all beaches at the resort, a company spokesman said Wednesday morning.
The shocking incident happened near Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, a luxury resort owned by Disney.
A family of five from Nebraska was on vacation, relaxing on the shoreline when the attack occurred Tuesday night, Sheriff Demings told reporters. He told reporters that the alligator is between 4 feet and 7 feet (1.2 meters and 2 meters) long.
According to Demings, the father tried to save his son, but failed.
"The father entered the water and tried to grab the child and was not successful," Demings said, Reuters reported, adding that the boy's mother also tried to rescue him.
Police putting up yellow tape outside of The Grand Floridian directly across from Magic Kingdom in Orlando... pic.twitter.com/yBQc3r4hcG— ChristianTheMagician (@Menardness) 15 июня 2016 г.
He reportedly had scratches on his hands after the ordeal.
Four alligators were taken from the water overnight, but no evidence was found that they were involved in the incident, Nick Wiley from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation told AP. He added that the reptiles have to be euthanized to be analyzed.
When Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahaler was asked if the company was aware of alligators stationed on the property, she said there were signs that said ‘no swimming’, AP reported.
Although there are no signs warning of gators in the area, there are notices posted against swimming in the man-made lake, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Praying for this family. Ground and air crews continue search at Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel. pic.twitter.com/pLAwUIgwrC— Shawn Powers (@Shawn_Powers) 15 июня 2016 г.
Hotel guest A J Jain and his family, visiting Disney from Georgia, told the newspaper that he and his kids were playing on the beach nearby when the incident happened.
“I can’t imagine what those parents are going through. It’s been one tough week in Orlando,” he said.
A man who does not wish to be named says: "I sat on the beach the other night and smoked a cigar right where the kid got pulled in."— David Smith (@SmithInAmerica) 15 июня 2016 г.
Demings said there have been no other recent reports of similar alligator attacks at the lake, AP said.
The tragedy comes two days after a gunman shot more than 100 people in an Orlando gay club, killing 49 people early Sunday in what has been described as the worst mass murder in modern US history.