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Officials: Body of toddler dragged away by alligator recovered

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Authorities are searching for a child who was dragged into the water by an alligator near Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando. Photo: NBC Authorities are searching for a child who was dragged into the water by an alligator near Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando. Photo: NBC
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UPDATE: Sheriff's officials say they have recovered the body of the 2-year-old boy. 

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In what can only be described as a horrific scene, a toddler, playing in a Florida lake near Walt Disney world was dragged away by an alligator Tuesday night as his parents frantically tried to save him.

Rescue crews spent the night searching for any signs of the boy, but did not find him. The search continues Wednesday. 

The Nebraska family was only three days into their vacation at "The Happiest Place on Earth" when the incident happened. 

The father frantically called 9-1-1 Tuesday night, telling the operators that his 2-year-old son that was playing in the pond here in shallow water is dragged away by an alligator. He says he rushed over and tried to get the child out of the alligator's mouth but could not. Search crews immediately arrived on scene and began searching for that boy, both by water and by air. 

Crews also used sonar technology to try and find any clues of the gator. So far they've pulled about four gators out of the water and had to kill them to see if they had any of the boy's remains inside and so far they have found nothing.

There are a lot of crews searching for the boy, including dive teams and the Sheriff's Office. 

On Wednesday morning, deputies announced they are switching their efforts from a search and rescue to a search and recovery. with the local Sheriff saying Wednesday morning there is "no question" that they boy is dead. 

Walt Disney World has announced that all of the park's beaches are closed for the today as well as all ferry boats and marinas as the search for the boy continues.

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