15 June 2016
While having fun at Disney’s upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Tuesday evening, a two year old boy was attacked by an alligator and dragged into the lagoon, an area tagged ‘no swimming’ zone’.
Authorities consisting of more than 50 law enforcement personnel are currently searching for the boy using an alligator tracker. Two marine units have also joined in the search.
According to the Orange County Sheriff, Jerry Dennings, an unsuccessful attempt was made by the father of the boy to rescue him as he entered into the water after the alligator dragged him away.
The family of the boy, who have not been named, were on vacation at the resort from Nebraska. They were relaxing near the water Tuesday evening when the attack occurred.
Denning said that under the circumstances, the family could only hope for the best. He also made known that nothing similar had ever happened on the lake.
Though the exact size of the alligator is still unknown, Denning estimated the alligator to be 4 to 7 feet long.
Disney spokeswoman, Jacquee Wahaler said everyone at the resort was devastated by what happened and Disney is helping the family.
When asked if Disney was aware of alligators on the property, Wahaler advised there were signs that said “no swimming.”
This is the latest tragedy in the Orlando area within a week. It will be recalled that on Sunday, a gunman killed at least 49 people and injured more than 50 others at the Pulse nightclub.
The gunman was killed by law enforcement in a counterattack.