Alligator drags two-year-old child into lagoon near Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
A two year old child is missing after being dragged into the water, by an alligator near a Disney World hotel in Orlando, authorities said. 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 child has not been found, adding that deputies are continuing to searching the lagoon.
Silva did not confirm the gender of the child. Authorities were pictured sealing off the area with crime scene tape, and searching the water by helicopter and by boat. 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. Meanwhile, Christal Hayes, a reporter for the Sentinel is at the scene. She wrote on Twitter: 'A lot of the crowd says the boy was on a beach area, along the Seven Seas Lagoon when he was dragged in. No eye witnesses, though. I'm just here to say a prayer,' AJ Jain who is on holiday from Georgia, told Hayes. 'I can't imagine what those parents are going through. It's been one tough week in Orlando.'
The Grand Floridian Resort is one of three luxury hotels located along the lagoon's edge. It is a stop away from Magic Kingdom Park on the monorail line. It is not known if the child or his family are guests at the hotel, where prices were standard rooms start from $569 per night.