15 June 2016
Authorities early this morning resumed search for a two year old boy who late Tuesday night was dragged into the lagoon by an alligator.
The attack which took place near Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa reportedly occurred at around half past nine in the night as the toddler was wading at the edge of the water with his mother.
Although the father had jumped into the lagoon to rescue his son, he was unsuccessful and sustained cuts and lacerations on his body from the alligator who disappeared along with the boy.
The exact size of the alligator is not certain, however it is estimated to be about four to seven feet long.
Over fifty law enforcement personnel spent most of the night combing the lagoon in search of the boy.
Four alligators were found but after being euthanised and analysed were discovered to not be the animal that had snatched the boy.
The boy along with his three sisters and parents were holidaying in Orlando from Nebraska.
Even as search efforts continues with helicopters, and alligator trackers joining in the search, the longer the boy stays missing, the lower the hope of his possible safe return.
According to a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Jeff Williamson, the search is still being considered a “search and rescue operation”.
“We are very hopeful,” he said at a morning news conference. “Sometimes you get the worst, but we are hoping for the best.”
Alligator sightings are not uncommon in the area. When sited, Disney World officials catch and relocate them once they are spotted.
Although the area where the boy was attacked had a “No Swimming” warning, there was no warning regarding alligators in the water.
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