Canada: A 2-year-old boy was dragged into a lake by an alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Orlando officials scoured the lagoon and recovered the boy’s body on Wednesday afternoon.
Officials said the boy was on the shoreline of the Seven Seas Lagoon by the Disney Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Orlando when he was dragged away late on Tuesday.
The family with three children from the state of Nebraska were relaxing near the shore of the lagoon. The father fought in vain to wrestle his son from the jaws of an alligator, but he failed to rescue him.
Fifty police and wildlife experts were searching for the boy. Wildlife officials captured and killed four alligators for examination, but no evidence of the boy has been found, police said. The divers found the remains near the area where the boy was attacked.
Police spokesman Jeff Williamson said. “We are searching for a little boy to hopefully bring the family some comfort.”
He said.“We determined that this child was playing at the edge of the water, probably about a foot or so into the water, when this alligator came up and attacked the child.”
Williamson said there were no signs alerting guests to the possibility of the presence of alligators. “The sign says no swimming. There’s no other sign,” he said.
A Disney spokeswoman said the company was “devastated” by the incident.
It is said that since 1948 twenty-two people have been killed by alligators in Florida.