Alligator drags child into lake at Disney resort in Orlando Florida 2 Year Old Girl Missing Alligator drags child into lake at Disney resort in Orlando Florida ORLANDO.
The child was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon near the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa around 9.20pm on Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Orange County Sheriff’s Office’s spokeswoman Rose Silva said the boy has not been found, adding that a search of the lagoon is underway. Guests at the hotel had lined up around the lagoon for ‘movie night’ and after the boy went missing, the area was evacuated by authorities, CNN reports.
In a statement issued late on Tuesday night, Silva said the Sheriff’s Office received a call about an emergency at the scene at 9.21pm. Florida Fish and Wildlife, Reedy Creek fire Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office responded and are conducting a search and recovery operation for the child, she said.
Shortly afterwards, authorities were pictured sealing off the area with crime-scene tape and searching the water by helicopter and by boat. A news conference about the incident was scheduled for 12.45am on Monday.
Late on Tuesday night, a man named Christian wrote on Twitter: ‘Just overheard a group talking about how the father was wrestling with the alligator. This just gets worse and worse.’ He said that there was a ‘movie night’ on the beach on Tuesday night, which is where the alligator may have attacked the toddler before dragging the child into the lagoon. Guests were all asked to leave a hotel balcony overlooking the area by staff, he added.
Others said the family had been watching the Wishes fireworks spectacular, which starts at 9pm and runs for more than 12 minutes, at the time of the reported attack. A hotel spokesman declined to comment when approached by Daily Mail Online. Disney World has also been contacted for comment. via – AP News