On October 13, Carnival Cruise Lines stated that a 6-year-old boy drowned while at sea on board the Carnival Victory.
Investigators say that a young boy from Winter Garden, Florida was in the pool with his 10-year-old brother when he unexpectedly went underwater and did not come back up. Passengers and bystanders jumped in to try and save the child, but it was too late.
“They tried to resuscitate him, but as the fluid came out, they didn’t turn him to let it out,” said one witness to the drowning, a nursing student. “He choked on his own fluid, and they stayed there for at least 20 minutes trying to revive him.”
The 6-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
There were no lifeguards on duty at the time of the accident, as it is not Carnival’s policy to have lifeguards supervising their pools. The Miami-Dade Police Department is currently investigating the fatal accident.
Cruise Lines Have a Duty to Protect Their Passengers from Harm
This tragedy could have possibly been prevented with proper supervision. Cruise ship lines have a responsibility to ensure there are no dangerous conditions on board that can cause serious injury or death to its passengers, such as drowning. When cruise ship accidents occur because of poor maintenance, incompetent staff members or improperly trained employees, cruise ship owners can be held legally responsible for negligence. Owners can also be held liable for cruise ship accidents that are caused by inadequate safety equipment or emergency precautions, like in the event of a swimming pool accident.
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