9:54 a.m. — Disney representatives say the park has closed all its beaches out of an “abundance of caution.” The search for the toddler dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon by an alligator continues.
8:30 a.m. — The Orange County Sheriff’s Office declares the area where a 2-year-old boy was dragged away by an alligator an “active crime scene”.
“We are still looking for him. We are somewhat hopeful, ” says a sheriff’s office representative.
ORLANDO, Fla. — A 2-year-old boy is still missing Wednesday after he was dragged into the Walt Disney World Seven Seas Lagoon by an alligator. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings says rescue teams have been actively searching for the child ever since the alligator snatched him Tuesday night.
Demings says they hope to find the boy before daylight and a dive team with sonar is on standby as part of the 50-person rescue team. He says “we’re going to hope for the best in these circumstances” but it is “unlikely” the teams will find a living body.
Demings says the Nebraska family of five was relaxing on the shoreline when the alligator attacked the boy. He says the father entered the water and tried to pry the child from the gator, but was unsuccessful.