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Boy drowns in cruise ship pool, another hospitalised

February 6, 2014 Cruise, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59A young boy died and a second boy was revived and rushed to hospital after the two  were dragged out of a cruise ship’s swimming pool during a cruise, it was reported yesterday.

The ship, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Breakaway, was cruising off the US east coast at the time and the boy who survived was flown to a hospital in North Carolina, the closest US state to where the tragedy happened.

The boy who died was aged 4 and the survivor was aged 6. It is not known whether the boys were related.

NCL’s Facebook page carried the following statement: Norwegian Breakaway

On Norwegian Breakaway this morning, our emergency medical team was called and notified that two small children were unresponsive on the pool deck. The team responded immediately and quickly administered CPR to both children. The older child was then airlifted by the U.S. Coast Guard to the closest medical facility, accompanied by his grandmother and a nurse from the ship. After extensive efforts, the younger child could not be revived.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family during this extremely difficult time and are providing full assistance and support.

The family is in our thoughts and prayers and we ask that you please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as well.

Norwegian Breakaway, based in Manhattan, is an 18-deck ship that can carry up to 4000 passengers. One of NCL’s newest vessels, its hull is decorated with a striking New York City mural by pop artist Peter Max, featuring images of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty.

The ship’s pool areas include an aqua park with a play area for young children. It also runs ‘Splash Academy’, a supervised program for children ages 3 to 17.

Pools aboard cruise ships are generally not supervised by lifeguards and swimming is at the swimmer’s own risk, according to an expert cited in US media reports yesterday.

Last October, a 6-year-old boy drowned in one of the pools aboard the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Victory during a four-day Caribbean cruise.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. Hi Peter,

    today you scared me!

    Seen my comment on B787?

    Well ,my trip to India include a river cruise on the Bramaputra river .

    It is a smaller ship than the bulky norvegian .

    Wish me well!!!

    So long, Mario

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