UPDATE 4:30 p.m. – Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings says searchers have recovered the body of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy snatched by an alligator at Walt Disney World.
The boy was attacked Tuesday night as he waded in shallow water at the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort.
Demings identified the boy as Lane Graves of Elkhorn, Nebraska.
The search team grew to 50 people Wednesday as trappers and divers searched Disney’s network of man-made canals, ponds and lakes. At least five other alligators were caught and cut open before they found the killer.
UPDATE 12:20 p.m. – Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings says some 50 people are now “working on recovering the body” of a 2-year-old boy snatched by an alligator at Walt Disney World.
He says the boy’s family “will no question lose a 2-year-old child.”
Some 50 people are now using sonar equipment as they search a system of lakes and ponds linked by canals to the Seven Seas Lagoon where the boy was attacked while wading in about a foot of water at 9 p.m. Tuesday night.
Demings says they are trying to “bring some closure to this family.”
Disney is closing all beach areas in its Lake Buena Vista resorts after an alligator dragged away a 2-year-old boy at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
The company announced Wednesday that it’s closing the beaches in “an abundance of caution.”
Original report: ORLANDO, FLA. (WLNS) – The city of Orlando was hit with another tragedy when a child went missing after an alligator dragged him into a lake.
It happened Tuesday night at the Grand Floridian Hotel at Walt Disney World.
Dozens of officers and other law enforcement personnel are searching the Seven Seas Lagoon for a two-year-boy who was attacked and dragged away by an alligator at around 9:30 Tuesday night.
Helicopters, boats with sonar equipment, along with an alligator trapper are part of the operation.
Authorities say the toddler was wading in the lake, in about one foot of water, when he was attacked by a gator that was approximately four to seven feet long.
The father grabbed the boy but couldn’t wrestle him away.
The child hasn’t been seen since.
The Sheriff says no one else was in the water at the time of the attack, but there were other witnesses and a lifeguard nearby.
The Nebraska family of four arrived on June 12th for a vacation at the upscale Disney resort.
The sheriff says there were no other recent reports of alligator attacks at the lake, and there are signs that say “NO swimming” posted in the area.