Another child, Another tragedy




Coast Guard: Girl, 10, drowns in pool aboard cruise ship


By The Associated Press13 hours ago

A 10-year-old girl drowned in a swimming pool aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship off the Carolinas and the ship immediately sailed to a nearby port in Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn told The Associated Press that the girl drowned Sunday afternoon aboard the Norwegian Gem while it was in Atlantic waters some 75 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Littlejohn said ship's officials reported the death to the Coast Guard and that the vessel then sailed to Port Canaveral, Florida, arriving about noon Monday. He didn't identify the child or give further details of circumstances surrounding the death.

The cruise line confirmed the death of a 10-year-old girl in a statement.

"We are extremely saddened to have learned that a guest passed away on Sunday aboard the Norwegian Gem," said the statement emailed by Vanessa Picariello, a spokeswoman for Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Lines.

"On Sunday afternoon, the ship's medical team responded to an emergency call from the pool deck, as a ten-year-old female guest was reported unresponsive. The team quickly administered CPR and full emergency care. After extensive efforts, the guest could not be revived," the statement said.

It did not elaborate on what happened.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to the family during this very difficult time. Norwegian's care team is providing full assistance and support to the family," the statement added.

Picariello said the Norwegian Gem had left New York on Saturday on a scheduled seven-day cruise to Florida and the Bahamas.



13 Answers

I heard about this incident this morning, As a father and Grandfather my heart goes out to the family. There will be much speculation in the coming days, along with the traditional finger pointing and blame game as to what exactly happened on this trip. We do not have all the information at our disposal, nor do I believe we will ever know the whole story. We have seen over the past few years an increase in some injuries and a few deaths on board cruise ships, from pools to slides to surfing simulators. Many times questions are asked about full time lifeguards on duty. Better security, stricter rules and of course enforcement of said rules, all have entered the discussions. How will the cruise lines react? How will the passengers react? This creates a whole new discussion board.

Another terrible tragedy. Thoughts and prayers to the family and everyone else affected.

A death on a cruise ship is not that uncommon. For it to be a child is especially sad. My thoughts go out to the family and the other passengers that witnessed the event. It is an event that will leave an impression on everyone that was on the ship. I think of how hard it was for the other children that were at the pool and witnessed the event and the rescue attempts.

I live in Florida and the number one death for children is drowning. Florida has more water and inground pools than anyone else except perhaps California. It's too bad that many think a pool is a toy for fun but no one teaches how to play safe and place limits on children. Anyone taking a cruise with children and they are going to use the pools, the # 1 rule is they are never allowed to be alone at a pool and #2, "No Diving", only feet first jumping in the water if it is allowed. Even with lifeguards on duty is it just not possible for them to see everything that is going on. Hey everyone, please be safe on your cruise.

This isn't a very great time in Norwegian's history, between this tragedy and the breaking news of the Dawn running aground in Bermuda, the brand is taking a significant hit.

Personally, I believe that under the pressure to cut costs and maximize revenues, the cruise lines have raised their risk level. Crew levels have been reduced. You can't operate this kind of business on margins so sharp that you can cut a piece of leather.

This is not to say that the parent/guardian has no accountability. This is where unspeakable grief and guilt intersect. I pray for all involved.

My heart goes out to the family, just so,sad.

Bigger ships + smaller crews. Where did these executives go to school ? Have they ever taken a cruise without the fanfare or the entourage ? You know, where their a$$es aren't kissed in the owners suite all day ! Just once I'd like to see the CEO of a cruise line travel in an inside stateroom. OK, more than once, because they should do it on their competitors lines too. Big Smile

How sad for a child to drown on a cruise ship. It should never have happened. My heart goes out to her family. Cruise lines may have to re-think not having life guards on duty at pools. Parents also need to watch their kids better. I hope that this Is a wake up call.

This could be a case of the parents getting on the ship and turning the kids loose. I do not see it as the ships responsibility, Hotel pools do not have life guards on duty. This is the parents job to keep an eye on the kids.

I feel sorry for the child and the family, you know the parents are feeling very guilty for not watching the child.

JusMe, I agree that it is not a ship's responsibility and that is clearly stated in the pool areas and the contract. It's a very sad situation regardless.


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