A 10-year-old New York girl lost her life on May 18 while onboard a cruise ship – the Miami-Dade County based Norwegian Gem, which is owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line Corp Ltd, the Huffington Post reported.
The cruise ship had departed for a seven-day cruise in Florida and the Bahamas. According to a press statement about the incident, the cruise ship’s medical team was called to an emergency at the pool deck, where the young female passenger was unconscious. Although the responders performed CPR, she remained unresponsive.
After the child’s death, the Norwegian Gem made its way from 75 miles off the coats of Myrtle Beach to Port Canaveral in Florida.
This event is preceded by another tragic fatal drowning accident; a four-year-old boy died on the same ship in 2014 by drowning, while his friend was airlifted by the Coast Guard for immediate treatment.
The Norwegian Gem, like other cruise ship giants Carnival and the Royal Caribbean, does not employ lifeguards to watch over the ship’s swimming pools.
Six-year-old Qwentyn Hunter drowned on Sunday, October 13 in one of the pools on a cruise ship he was riding on with his family.
According to officials from Carnival Cruise Lines, the boy had been on a four-day Caribbean cruise with his family and their company’s “CareTeam is [currently] providing assistance and support.”
The ship reached Miami shores on Monday, October 14. The pool was already closed, and police had already sealed its perimeters with crime scene tape while officials took photographs of the area.
An investigation from the Miami-Dade police showed that Hunter was swimming in the pool with his 10-year-old brother when he drowned at around 4:45 p.m. while the ship was out at sea.
The boy was immediately given cardiopulmonary resuscitation after being pulled from the water but was already dead.