On Tuesday night a two-year-old boy was snatched by an alligator while paddling in the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The boy’s parents tried to save him, but were unable to stop the alligator from dragging him under water. The family had been watching a movie on the beach at an outdoor movie night. The map above shows the proximity of the lagoon to the Magic Kingdom.

From CNN

Disney gator attack: 2-year-old believed dead as rescue turns to recovery

The boy’s family was at movie night outdoors at the Grand Floridian resort when around 9 p.m. the boy waded into about a foot of water in a lagoon, authorities have said. Witnesses, including the boy’s horrified parents, tried to save him. His father jumped in and tried to pry the gator’s mouth open. His mother jumped in, too.

But it was too late. The child was dragged underwater in the Seven Seas Lagoon, witnesses told authorities. The lagoon is connected to a series of canals that feed into large bodies of water, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director Nick Wiley.

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From the Washington Post

Toddler dragged into water by alligator at Disney resort believed to be dead

Authorities are now focused on recovering the body of the 2-year-old boy snatched by an alligator at a Disney resort near Orlando, saying Wednesday that it’s highly unlikely the boy survived.

“There is no question we will lose the 2-year-old child,” Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said at a midday news conference. “It’s now been 15 hours since the child has been taken into the water. We are working on recovering the body of the child at this point.”

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From USA Today

Sheriff: Toddler’s grim ordeal with alligator ‘not survivable’

Searchers divided the lake into a grid pattern to look for the shine of alligator eyes in the dark and used sonar to scan the waters. Officials said the lake has several canals feeding into it, making the search trickier.

Officials said they removed five alligators from the lagoon but found no evidence of the child The reptiles will be euthanized to determine if they were involved in the incident.

Wildlife officials count around a dozen alligator bites a year in Florida, but fatalities from the reptiles are far less common. There have been only 23 fatalities caused by alligators in Florida since the 1940s, Wiley said. Tuesday’s incident is the first known alligator attack at the Seven Seas Lagoon, he said.

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