Death at Disney: Boy, two, snatched by an alligator in resort lagoon as his father tried to save him – and his body has yet to be recovered despite mass searches by helicopters, boats and sonar

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
By Paul Martin

A two-year-old boy was playing in a foot of water at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Tuesday night when he was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon by an alligator
The boy’s father tried to wrestle him away from the gator but was not successful
Wednesday morning, all of the beaches at Walt Disney World resorts were closed as the search continued
About 50 people are helping search for the boy, including dive teams and sheriff’s deputies in boats with sonar and a helicopter
Since the incident, trappers have caught and killed five gators in the lake – but not the gator that snatched the boy
Disney workers remove and relocate alligators that get too close to guest areas

15 June 2016

The search for a toddler who was snatched by an alligator at a Walt Disney World lake turned to a recovery effort on Wednesday, as police announced that there was no more hope the boy could have survived.

The two-year-old boy – who has not been identified – was attacked while wading in about a foot of water outside the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Tuesday night. The Seven Seas Lagoon behind the upscale hotel is off limits to guests, and there are ‘no swimming’ signs posted nearby – but none of them warned about possible alligators in the water.

The boy’s father witnessed the attack and ran into the water to save his son, but was unsuccessful in wrestling the boy from the four- to seven-foot gator, whose razor-sharp teeth left him with lacerations on his arms.

At an afternoon press conference, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said that rescue efforts had been called off and that emergency personnel are now only looking to recover the boy’s body. Demings expressed his condolences for the family, and said that his team would be making every effort to find the boy’s body soon so that they could have some closure.

Since the incident, more than 50 emergency personnel have been scouring the lake, searching for the boy by helicopter and in boats outfitted with sonar technology. Dive teams were also brought in to search underwater. Meanwhile, Walt Disney World resort officials closed all of the beaches at their resorts, and a spokesman says they are working with law enforcement in what they are describing as a ‘tragic accident’.

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