Authorities in Florida have been searching for a 2-year-old boy who was dragged away by an alligator at a Disney resort Tuesday evening.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the toddler was at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando around 9 p.m. when witnesses saw an alligator grab him.
Despite the hours-long search, officials remain optimistic about the boy’s wellbeing.
"We are very hopeful and hoping for the best," Jeff Williamson of the Orange County Sheriff's Office said at a news conference Wednesday morning.
The boy and his family, from Nebraska, were reportedly relaxing together at the shoreline when the alligator made its move.
"The father entered the water and tried to grab the child from the gator, but was not successful," Orange County Sheriff's Jerry Demings said.
According to ABC News, investigators were searching for the little boy at the Seven Seas Lagoon early Wednesday morning, but nobody has had any luck finding him.
Witnesses estimate that the alligator must have been between 4 and 7 feet long.
Although there are no signs warning of alligators in the area, visitors are asked not to swim in the man-made lake.
"Everyone here at the Walt Disney World Resort is devastated by this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with the family. We are helping the family and doing everything we can to assist law enforcement." Jacquee Wahler, vice president of Walt Disney World Resort, said in a statement.