A two-year-old boy was dragged into the water by an alligator near a Disney World hotel in Orlando – despite his desperate father’s attempts to wrestle his son from the reptile’s jaws.
The boy was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon near the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa around 9.20pm on Tuesday.
Orange County Sheriff, Jerry Demings said the family of five arrived in Orlando on vacation from Nebraska on Sunday. He told a news conference shortly after 1am on Monday that the parents and their three children had been relaxing on the beach at the time of the attack and the child had been in a play pen.
‘The father entered the water and tried to grab the child but he was not successful in doing so.
I’m told that at some point, the mother also entered the water.’
The child played near the water with his mother, the alligator attacked.
‘We are not leaving until we recover the child.’