Very sad news coming out of Florida
A 2 year old male toddler has been attacked and dragged into the seven sea lagoon by an alligator as he played near the water at Disney’s Grand Floridian Luxury resort. At approx 9.15pm on the night of Tuesday 14th June, the alligator suddenly attacked. The terrified family watched in shock as it launched itself at the toddler. The father tried in vain to wrestle the child from the alligator but was overpowered by the animal who dragged the boy away. The mother also dived into the water in panic, trying to save her son but she also had to watch in vain as the alligator took him.
A mass torchlight search was launched and over 50 emergency personnel were out looking for the toddler. The search and rescue teams have been searching the water for the tot since he was attacked by the gator in Florida shortly before 9.30pm yesterday local time (2.30am today UK time).
The 50 people include wildlife officials who have been involved in the search effort. A diving team is on standby according to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.
There are no swimming signs posted around the shore on the lagoon and it is believed that the family were playing around in the water. There have also been sightings of a gator actually on the shore in January of this year, as shown in the picture below.
In January this huge alligator was pictured laying on the shore of the lagoon.
Just two weeks ago, another creature – possibly the same one – was spotted gliding through the water:
Many visitors to the area have described seeing gators in and around the lagoon.
The family, from Nebraska, US, were reportedly staying at the hotel and had checked in on Sunday. A Walt Disney Company spokesman said resort employees were ‘devastated’ by the tragedy.
Our hearts truly go out to this family and we cannot imagine the terror they went through and the uncertainty and distress they now face. At this point, we feel it is unlikely that we can expect a good outcome. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at this time.