Search underway at Grand Floridian Hotel for boy who is believed to have been on a beach near the hotel when he disappeared

A search was underway for a two year-old boy who is believed to have been snatched by an alligator at a hotel near the Disney resort in Florida.

Shawn Powers (@Shawn_Powers) June 15, 2016

Tonight at Walt Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel crews search Seven Seas Lagoon for possible alligator attack victim pic.twitter.com/lVSOxivh05

Ilse M. Gonzalez (@IlseMonette) June 15, 2016

#BREAKING: 2-yr-old dragged into water by alligator near #Disney resort. Sheriff’s office searching for the toddler pic.twitter.com/lcLxV8SLfa

The two-year-old boy was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon, near Disneys Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, at about 9:30pm on Tuesday, the Orange County Sheriffs Office told the Orlando Sentinel.

Spokeswoman Rose Silva told the Sentinel that the child had not been found. A search effort is believed to be currently underway, with a helicopter scouring the water.

A Twitter user going by the handle @Menardness tweeted that there were reports that the alligator had attacked the child on the beach.

ChristianTheMagician (@Menardness) June 15, 2016

Police putting up yellow tape outside of The Grand Floridian directly across from Magic Kingdom in Orlando… pic.twitter.com/yBQc3r4hcG

ChristianTheMagician (@Menardness) June 15, 2016

There was a “movie night” outside on the beach tonight… Saying the alligator might have attacked the baby on the beach.

He said the helicopter was searching the water: They arent looking for a person. Theyre looking for something else.

He shared a video showing the distant lights of the search mission contrasted against the revellers on the beach.

ChristianTheMagician (@Menardness) June 15, 2016

The sick contrast of events… pic.twitter.com/lNelCyD4ki

Reporter Matt Austin tweeted an image of authorities on the beach.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/15/alligator-two-year-old-child-disney-world-hotel-florida

Alligator reportedly drags two-year-old child into lagoon near Disney World resort in Florida