An alligator snatched a toddler near Disney’s Grand Floridian resort & Spa in Orlando while the family was relaxing on the shoreline. The kid is still missing as of press time.
Reedy Creek Fire rescue, Orange County and the Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are working together to rescue and hopefully get the toddler alive from the alligator. Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Rose Silva said the alligator hauled the kid into the Seven Seas lagoon at about 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
According to a report from the Orlando Sentinel, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings is hopeful that the child will be rescued before daylight. A dive team equipped with sonar is already on standby.
The kid, together with his family from Nebraska, was having a good time by the shoreline when the alligator attacked. It was estimated to be between four and seven feet long.
“They were just simply relaxing out in the area, and wading just in the water there along the lake’s edge at the time that the alligator attacked the child,” Demings said during a press conference as quoted by NBC News.
“The father entered the water and tried to grab the child, was not successful in doing so … The parents diligently tried to get the child,” he added.
According to reports, there were no warning signs cautioning tourists against alligators. What posted are signs cautioning people from swimming into the man-made lake.
“We’re not leaving until we recover the child,” Demings promised.
“As a father, as a grandfather, we’re going to hope for the best in these circumstances, but based upon my 35 years of law enforcement experience, we know that we have some challenges ahead of us at this time,” he lamented.
Disney released a statement in support of the kid’s family. “Everyone here at the Walt Disney World resort is devastated by this tragic accident,” the statement read.