• A two-year-old boy was attacked by an alligator at a Disney World resort in Florida
• The boy was dragged underwater by the 7-foot-long reptile
• The victim’s father tried to wrestle his son from the alligator, but did not succeed
A two-year-old boy was attacked and dragged underwater by an alligator at a Disney World resort in Florida.
The frantic attempts by the boy’s father to wrestle his son from the grip of the alligator’s jaw proved futile. The boy, who was not named, was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon; a manmade lagoon adjacent to a hotel at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
According to the Daily Mail, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said during a 1 a.m. press briefing that the family, who arrived in Orlando on vacation from Nebraska, was relaxing on the lagoon’s shoreline at around 9 p.m. when the alligator, reported to be at least 7 feet long, attacked.
“There is a sandy beach area and the family was out simply relaxing and in the water along the lake’s edge at the time the alligator attacked the child. It’s my understanding the father was there nearby and the child was playing in the water, just a foot or so into the water, and the alligator came up,” he said.
“The father at some point struggled to try to get his son and was not successful and then alerted others to try and assist him in the process. At some point I am told the mother may also have entered the water. The parents diligently tried to get the child,” Demings added.
The sheriff said there were 50 law enforcement personnel who were actively searching the lagoon. He said they will not leave without recovering the boy. He hoped to recover the child before daylight, but admitted they have challenges ahead of them.
A spokeswoman for Disney also spoke at the conference, saying: “Everyone here at Walt Disney World is devastated by this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with the family. We are doing everything we can to help law enforcement.”