A child was reportedly snatched by an alligator and dragged into the water at a Disney World hotel in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday night.
Local news reported that authorities are looking for a two-year-old child who was dragged into the water by an alligator near Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
The two-year-old child was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon, sheriff office’s spokeswoman Rose Silva said.
The sheriff’s office received an emergency call at 9:21pm and is currently conducting a search and recovery operation aided by Forida Fish and wildlife and Reedy Creek fire rescue, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies are searching the lagoon’s waters.
The luxury resort is one monorail stop from Disney World. The man-made Seven Seas Lagoon reaches a depth of about 14 feet and is used for boating activities.
A crowd has started to form around the Seven Seas Lagoon by the resort as deputies search the water.
In October, a 61-year-old swimmer was the first person killed by an alligator in Florida since 2007 .
he death of James Okkerse snapped the state’s longest recorded period of time without a deadly alligator attack. According to the Orlando Sentinel the last uninterrupted stretch occurred from 1979 to 1983.
Last week an alligator with human body in its jaws was found by police in South Florida .
It’s not clear if the alligator killed the man or how he died and police are currently investigating the disturbing incident.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission alligators have inhabited the state’s marshes, swamps, rivers and lakes for many centuries, and are found in all 67 counties.
The commission believed that the population growth and increasing participation in water-related activities are resulting in more frequent alligator-human interactions.