The pond is located in a neighbourhood near Regan Avenue, near Goldenrod Road and Colonial Drive
Orlando.- Rescuers are searching a pond in eastern Orange County after receiving a report from a “shaken” child in the water, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The pond is located in a neighbourhood near Regan Avenue, near Goldenrod Road and Colonial Drive. The officers received a call at noon from a man who claimed to have seen a person struggling in the water.
The man said he heard the swimmer yell, “He bit me, “ said sheriff’s spokesman Jeff Williamson. More than a dozen emergency vehicles and several helicopters responded to the scene. Aircraft and crocodile disposal units also responded.
Although the authorities have not yet found the swimmer, the original call was “credible,” Williamson said. The deputies searched the neighbourhood. No missing teenagers were reported in the area, Williamson said. “We are in a search and rescue operation, we are scanning the water with our marine unit’s probe devices,” he said.
“Until now we have not seen anything.” We’ll be here until we see something or until the sheriff gives us the order to leave the scene. “Chad Weber, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said the case was being treated as a missing person and “possible drowning”, but not yet as an alligator attack.
“At this time, we are only helping the Orange County Sheriff’s Office with a potentially missing person. We are not even sure if there is a crocodile involved, he said.”
Authorities say a six-foot crocodile was found during a log in the pond, too small to inflict serious damage to a human being. David Gensler, who said he has lived in the neighbourhood for 10 years, said that people usually catch catfish in the pond.
He said he had seen a crocodile that, according to estimates, measures at least 15 feet long. “It’s bigger than my little boat John,” he said. The Orange County Fire Department described the operation as an “active water rescue”. A press conference is expected to announce the updates soon.