Disney World closes all beaches while workers search for missing child

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Earlier it was reported that all boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom has been suspended while officials look for the missing 2 year old that was attacked by an alligator late last night.

Now it is being reported that Disney has officially closed all the beaches at Walt Disney World.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Nick Wiley said the FWC has already euthanized four gators in this body of water. However, they don’t believe those gators are the one responsible for taking the young child.

Wiley said during the press conference that it’s very rare for alligators to attack people. According to a FWC statistics report, nine people have been attacked by alligators since 2015. And between 1948 to April 2016, a total of 383 attacks have been recorded by the FWC.

According to My News 13:

Some 50 law enforcement personnel are on the scene, including marine units. Florida Fish and Wildlife is also bringing in extra officers to help. Helicopters are searching the lake, sonar equipment is being used and dive teams are on standby.

“We are not leaving until we find the child,” said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. “We are out actively searching the lake. We have two of our marine units that are on the lake searching for the child. In addition, we will be working with the Fish and Wildlife Commission to continue these efforts for the next several hours.”

A Disney spokesperson said they are doing everything to help and comfort the family at this time. “Everyone here at the Walt Disney World Resort is devastated by this tragic accident.”

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