Update 5:00 pm — The 2-year-old boy dragged by a gator into the lagoon near his Disney World hotel resort has been found dead.
His body was found intact near the site indicating that his death was likely caused by drowning.
After the attack on Tuesday in Orlando, officials began a search for the missing toddler. During the search officials noted that four other alligators were found in the water close to Disney World.
The family was outdoors at the Grand Floridian resort around 9 p.m. when the boy stepped about a foot in the water. The boy’s parents tried to pry the alligator off of him but he was dragged into the water. According to Disney, “the lagoon is not for recreational swimming.”
We send our prayers to the boy’s family at this difficult time.
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A 2-year-old boy was snatched off the shore and dragged underwater by an alligator on Wednesday at Walt Disney World, causing the amusement park to close the beaches at its Florida resorts.
Dozens of rescuers searched a lagoon for the body of the boy, but they had no luck. According to authorities, the child is presumed dead. Wildlife officials removed four alligators from the water and cut them open, but they found no sign of the boy.
Officials say they planned to continue looking for the child’s body. Sheriff Jerry Demings announced, “This is very concerning to Disney. We’ll continue to search until we find the body. We’re going to be here throughout.”
Sheriff’s and state wildlife officials said the family of four from Nebraska was on vacation at the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Hotel inside the Disney World resort around nightfall Tuesday when the child waded no more than one or two feet into the water and was snatched by the alligator. His father tried to save him, but was unsuccessful.
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