ORLANDO, Fla. – Walt Disney World in Orlando has shut down beaches at all its resorts as emergency crews desperately search for a 2-year-old boy who was dragged into a lake by an alligator Tuesday night.
The boy was attacked by the alligator at Seven Seas Lagoon around 9:15 p.m Thursday.
His family says the boy was wading into the lagoon when the alligator struck, WFTV reports. His father jumped in to rescue him, but couldn’t wrench the boy away from the gator, according to officials.
“That gator swam away with the child, unfortunately,” said Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jeff Williamson.
Crews have been combing the water since the attack, but have found no trace of the boy.
Crews pulled several alligators out of the water to examine them. The gators were euthanized to examine them.
“We’ve already taken four alligators and looked at those alligators,” said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Nick Wiley. “And right now, we couldn’t find any evidence that they were involved.”
Law enforcement say they are now conducting a search and recovery operation.
Gator attacks are very rare, Wiley said, adding that his office works closely with Disney to remove nuisance alligators when they are sighted.