Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Global Impact: Child from Florida, Age 6, Drowns in Carnival Cruise Lines Pool While At Sea

According to The Associated Press, Carnival Cruise Lines announced that a 6-year-old boy from Winter Garden, FL drowned while aboard The Carnival Victory.

The company says in a statement that the Carnival Victory ship was on the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise on Sunday (October 13) when the boy drowned. At the time, the boy was in the company of his ten-year-old brother. Family members were seemingly at pool-side at the time.

The ship arrived Monday morning (October 14) in the Port of Miami.

COMMENT: The Miami-Dade Police Department is investigating and identified the boy as Qwentyn Hunter of Winter Garden, FL.

One can surely hope that a lifeguard was on duty at the time the boy drowned. If so, where was/were the lifeguard(s) and how vigilant were family members at the time Qwentyn Hunter began to drown?

Hopefully, the MDPD will be able to draw conclusions as to how the boy was able to drown in presumably a cruise-line pool that should have had adequate coverage by lifeguards.

As I have said so often in the past, cruise-ship lines continue to fill ships with far more people than can adequately be covered and protected, which is one reason I urge cruisers to consider less densely-populated ships.