A two-year-old boy was dragged away by an alligator while he was on the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon, near Disney?s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, a five-star luxury resort in Orlando, Florida last Tuesday night.
The family of four, who was on vacation from Nebraska, Demings, arrived in Orlando last Sunday.
According to CNN: ?The child was on the edge of the lagoon when the alligator dragged him into the water, according to the boy’s family, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director Nick Wiley. He cautioned that the investigation is still in an early stage and officials need to interview at least two other families who may have witnessed the attack.?
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, still according to CNN, said the child was ?wading … along the lake’s edge at the time that the alligator attacked.?
The Orlando Sentinel reports that search-and-rescue teams on land, in water, and on air, have been hard at work to find clues about the boy?s whereabouts.
?Deputies are using sonar today to search the Seven Seas Lagoon man made lake, with help from a helicopter and 10-person dive team,? Jeff Williamson, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.
?Additional Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers are also in boats searching. Nick Wiley, executive director of FWC, said investigators aren’t giving up hope in their search, but the chances of a successful rescue fade the longer it goes on.?
The Orlando Sentinel also reports that the father went into the water to try to save his son from the clutches of the alligator. Unfortunately, his attempts were unsuccessful. The father sustained scratches on his hands.
Alligator attacks in the area are very rare.
?Most recently, in November, a 22-year-old burglary suspect trying to evade authorities was killed by an 11-foot alligator, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said.
?Deputies said Matthew Riggins drowned as a result of the gator attack. He was missing his lower extremities and part of an arm, according to deputies.
?In October, James Okkerse, a DeBary man swimming in Blue Spring State Park was dragged underwater while snorkeling and killed.?
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