Alligator snatches child at Florida Disney resort
June 15 2016 01:27 PM
Early morning view of the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Early morning view of the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa


Authorities early Wednesday searched lakes outside Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa after an alligator snatched a two-year-old boy from the shore.

‘As a father, as a grandfather, we're going to hope for the best in these circumstances,’ Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said at a late Tuesday press conference.

‘But based on my 35 years of law enforcement experience, we know we have some challenges ahead of us.’

Demings said that a family of five from the midwestern state of Nebraska was relaxing on the shore of a man-made lake at the upscale Disney resort when an alligator emerged and snatched the boy at around 9:00 pm Tuesday (0100 GMT Wednesday).

The father, who Demings did not name, entered the water but failed to rescue his son from the animal's jaws.

Demings said that a team of some 50 people had been deployed to search for the child.

Rescuers used sonar and lit the area with bright lights overnight as a helicopter hovered overhead. Firefighters stood on the water's edge with infrared cameras scanning the water for the child.

An alligator trapper was on standby along with a team of divers waiting for daybreak to enter the water.

‘Everyone here at the Walt Disney World Resort is devastated by this tragic accident,’ a Disney official said at the press conference.

Alligators are common in Florida, but rarely attack humans.

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