The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in a sandy waterfront area outside the hotel near the Seven Seas Lagoon on hotel property near Magic Kingdom.

The 2-year-old boy was on vacation with his family from Nebraska and arrived at the resort Sunday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

Witnesses said the family was on the beach and the boy’s 4-year-old sister was in a playpen 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.

Officials asid the father suffered minor scratches on his hand, but was unsuccessful in getting his son back. Demings said the boy’s mother also went into the water, trying to find her child.

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