An eight-year old boy has been airlifted to hospital from the cruise ship Anthem of the Seas after reportedly falling into a swimming pool on the Royal Caribbean vessel.
CNN, quoting the cruise ship the New York Police Department, said the ship’s doctor performed CPR on the unconscious child, who was in critical condition on arrival at Staten Island University Hospital on Thursday night and who is now reportedly on life support.
Pools unattended by life guards can be hazardous. Respected Miami-based maritime lawyer, Jim Walker, recounts in his Cruise Law News blog that last December, an eight year old child drowned in an unattended swimming pool on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. The child was pulled unconscious from one of the cruise ship’s pools by a passenger.
In January last year, a four-year-old boy nearly drowned aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, Walker said, and in May 2014, a six-year-old boy nearly drowned on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas.
According to Walker, all major cruise lines “have lost children and passengers in swimming pools on their ships.
“To my knowledge, Disney is the only cruise line to employ life guards on its cruise ships,” Walker adds.
Written by Peter Needham