Another mishap strikes Orlando  

Within a week, Orlando has been hit with another mishap. After the killing of Christina Grimmie and the Pulse nightclub massacre in a couple of days, this time, a toddler has been dragged by an alligator. The 2-year-old boy was dragged by an alligator in the Seven Seas Lagoon, outside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Orlando last night. After 18 long hours of the incident, the rescue crews have found the dead body of the boy.

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The announcement came from Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings at a News conference. The body was sent for an autopsy, but the presumption was that the child was drowned by the alligator. The boy was identified as Lane Graves, son of Matt and Melissa Graves of Elkhorn, Nebraska.

Father fought with the alligator to rescue his child

The boy was playing on the shoreline by the shallow part of the lagoon when the alligator attacked and grabbed the child.

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The boy's father rushed into the water and fought to wrestle his child from the alligator's jaws. But, he could not save his child and the alligator dragged the boy into deep water. He suffered minor injuries on his arm in the scuffle. A lifeguard who was on duty at a distance was also unable to act in time. The alligator was believed to be between 4 and 7 feet long. The attack occurred around 9:15 p.m. on the beach of the Seven Seas Lagoon.

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A desperate search operation conducted by the authorities

Dozens of staff members from the sheriff’s office, Disney employees and the Wildlife Commission began the search operation on Tuesday night after the toddler was dragged away by an alligator. During the search, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation caught and killed at least five alligators that were found in the lagoon to examine them for traces of the boy.

'No swimming' signs at Seven Seas Lagoon beach, but there is no warning about alligators

The artificial lake spreads over 200 acres, which is 14 feet deep in parts and feeds a series of canals that traverse through the Disney complex. It lies across from Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park. There are hundreds of lagoons in the particular area surrounding the two resorts, with many linked by small streams or only a few hundred feet apart.

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Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has 'No swimming' signs at its beach on the man-made Seven Seas Lagoon, but there is no warning about alligators. The boy disappeared at the beach where the signs are posted. But in the very neighborhood, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has signs warning of alligators in its lake. Had there been signs of warning about alligators in the lagoon, the mishap could have been avoided.

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First alligator fatality at Disney in 45 years of operations

Florida houses around 1.3 million alligators in its freshwater lakes, swamps, and creeks. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, there have been 41 unprovoked alligator attacks in Florida since 2010. Last year there were three fatal alligator attacks reported, one in Texas and two in Florida. The Walt Disney World Resort is the world's most-visited theme park. About 20.5 million people visited the park's Magic Kingdom in 2015, according to the Themed Entertainment Association. Officials said it was the first alligator fatality at Disney in 45 years of operation.

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