gators killed after boy dragged from Orlando Disney resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The search for a 2-year-old boy dragged away by an alligator from an upscale resort at Disney World in Orlando late Tuesday evening has turned grim, as officials pulling alligators from the nearby lagoon and putting them down to check for the boy's body have so far not found him.

The effort near Disney's upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa was still considered a "search and rescue operation," said Jeff Williamson, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department....

Witnesses said the family was on the beach of the Seven Seas Lagoon at about 9:20 p.m. and the boy's 4-year-old sister was in a play pen about 20 to 30 yards from the water on the sand, according to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. The toddler was wading in the water nearby.

"The father actually went into the water to wrestle his son from the grips of the alligator," Demings said.

The attack happened in an area where "no swimming" signs were posted.