One Child Killed and Another Injured aboard Cruise Ship
A 4-year-old died and a 6-year-old was revived and taken to a hospital in North Carolina after being found by one of the pools on a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship. Few details have been released, and it is still unclear whether or not the boys are related.
About the Cruise Ship Drowning
Chris Mackey, a hospital spokesperson, said on Tuesday that the boy's parents did not want the condition shared with the public. Spokespeople for the Norwegian ship did not return any messages on Tuesday.
The cruise line did have information on its Facebook page, further detailing how Norwegian Breakaway's emergency medical team responded to a report saying the children were unresponsive on the ship's pool deck, where they administered CPR. The exact pool where the children were found has not been released.
Norwegian Breakway, the 18-deck ship the boys were on has a capacity of 4,000 passengers is one of their newest ships.
Lifeguards not Required
There are several swimming pool areas aboard the 18-deck Norwegian Breakaway including a supervised program for children between the ages of 3 to 17 called the Splash Academy; however, the cruise line has not disclosed whether or not the children were in a supervised area.
Currently, Disney Cruise Line is the only cruise company to require that its pools are under lifeguard supervision – most other lines have a “swim at your own risk” policy.
Last October, a 6-year-old drowned aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship – there was no life guard on duty.