This is absolutely horrifying!
A 2-year-old boy was attacked and grabbed by an alligator near Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Florida on Tuesday evening while his father tried to save him.
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The young boy and his family arrived in Florida on Sunday on their family vacation from Nebraska only to have tragedy strike Tuesday night on the beaches near a hotel resort by Disney World.
It was just after 9:00 p.m. EST and the toddler was reportedly playing near the water on the sand about 20 to 30 yards away his 4-year-old sister when all of a sudden the family watched an alligator attack their son!
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings (above) retold the story, saying:
"The father actually went into the water to wrestle his son from the grips of the alligator."
Demings also added that there were several "No Swimming" signs posted and did stay diligent in commenting:
"We're not leaving until we recover the child."
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The father ended up suffering some scratches on his hand, but sadly was not able to get his son back. The mother apparently also went in the water trying to find her boy, but had no success.
The Sheriff went on to reveal his somber opinion saying:
"The sad reality of it is it's been several hours and we're not likely going to recover a live body."
Authorities have already searched for the young child for hours using helicopters, sonar, marine units, and an alligator trapper, however, there still hasn't been any success.
Jeff Williamson, a spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Office, said in a statement Wednesday morning:
"This is still a search and rescue operation. We are very hopeful. We are hoping for the best."
Well we're glad Jeff has a more positive outlook than Jerry!
Seeing as how the attack happened at a Disney resort, Jacquee Wahler, the vice president of the Walt Disney Wold Resort, addressed the terrible occurrence saying:
"Everyone here at the Walt Disney Resort is devastated by this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with the family. We are helping the family and doing everything we can to assist law enforcement."
We can't imagine what the young boy or his family is going through and we're crossing our fingers and hoping the little guy shows up any minute!
[Image via Twitter.]
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