Toddler missing after alligator attack in Florida

The two-year-old is missing after the incident at a resort in Disney World.

This file photo taken on 11 April 2008 shows a groundsman rake the beaches of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - A two-year-old child is missing after being dragged into a lake by an alligator in Florida.

The incident took place at the Grand Floridian hotel at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the toddler was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon, the man-made lake at the resort.

The child's father apparently tried to rescue him, but was unsuccessful.

The mother also tried to rescue the boy and a nearby lifeguard was told of the attack, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told reporters.

Wildlife and marine officials have also been drafted into the search, which will run into the night.

The boy was playing in the water while his family of five from Nebraska relaxed on the edge of the lagoon, when he was seized by the animal.

This comes a week after human body was found in an alligator's jaws in South Florida.

Additional reporting by Reuters.