The Body Of The Two-Year-Old Snatched By An Alligator At Orlando Disney World Has Been Found
The body of the two-year-old that was dragged into water by an alligator in Florida has been found, according to the Mirror.
The incident took place at a Disney resort at around 9pm Tuesday evening. The family, which included a mother, father and three children, were playing at the shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon at the time.
Over 50 emergency personnel had been searching the lake for the toddler since they were snatched by the alligator. Using helicopters, boats outfitted with sonar technology and dive teams, the infant's body has been found.
Earlier today, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said at a press conference this afternoon that it's impossible for the two-year-old to have survived, meaning the search is now solely for the infant's remains.
He said: "We are dealing with this family who there's no question will lose a two-year-old child.
"It has been now about 15 hours since the child was taken into the water by an alligator.
"So we know that we are working now on recovering the body of the child at this point.
"Our ultimate goal is to bring some closure to the family by recovering their loved one."
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Earlier, a Disney life guard revealed details to the Daily Mail, telling them that the toddler had been ten feet out in the water.
The lifeguard said: "We have lifeguards on duty at the play area but at the beach we don't have any lifeguards because you're not supposed to be in the water."
Resort officials at Walt Disney World have closed all of the beaches at their resorts.
The child's father was first at the scene, desperately trying to save his child from the alligator's jaws. In the struggle, he suffered minor lacerations to his arm. The child's mother, who apparently was playing with the child at the time of the incident, also dived into the water in a panicked attempt to save him.
Their attempts were in vain as they were forced to watch the alligator retreat into the lagoon with their child in its jaws.
Four alligators were 'euthanized' in the lagoon following the tragic event.However, after close inspection of these animals, there was no evidence that any of them had attacked the child in question.
Words by Mark McGowan