In early February of 2014, one young boy died and a second barely survived after a pool accident occurred on a cruise ship headed towards Florida. The boys, aged four and six, were cruising aboard the Norwegian Breakaway. This 18-deck ship that holds 4,000 passengers is one of Norwegian’s newest ships, boasting a New York City theme and a Manhattan home-port. There are numerous pools abound the ship, including an aqua park designed for young children. There is also a supervised program for children aged three to 17 called “Splash Academy.”
The two young brothers were found in the pool on Monday, February 3, 2014, at around 11:30 a.m., just as the Florida bound ship was passing Cape Lookout, off the coast of North Carolina. Emergency medical workers on the ship were able to revive the six year old. He and his grandmother were airlifted by a Marine Corps helicopter to Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern. Despite extensive efforts, the four year old could not be revived.
Norwegian Cruise Line spokeswoman AnneMarie Mathews has declined to release information as to which pool the children were found in, or whether they were signed into the “Splash Academy.”
Sadly, our Miami cruise ship accident lawyers know how this recent drowning is just one of many to occur in cruise ship pools. In March of 2013, a four year old from Minnesota was found in a pool on a cruise ship docked at Port Canaveral. Chase Christopher Lykken had been deprived of oxygen for at least 6 minutes while in the Disney Fantasy pool. Chase Lykken was in critical condition, and remained in a vegetative state for some time. MRI’s showed extensive brain damage. Amazingly, the four year old continues to make strides towards recovery but likely remain permanently disabled for life. His cost of care for his lifetime, could well be in the tens of millions of dollars.
Months before young Lykken’s near drowning, Qwentyn Hunter, a six year old, drowned in a pool aboard the Carnival Victory, a Miami based cruise ship. The Victory was on the last leg of its journey when Hunter and his ten year old brother played in the mid-ship pool. Hunter was immediately pulled out of the water when found and CPR administered, but he could not be resuscitated. Just a month prior to young Hunter’s drowning, the body of a 41 year old man was found in the hot tub aboard the very same ship. Michael Moses Ward had also apparently drowned.
Cruise lines are not required to have lifeguards aboard, even though many safety experts support imposing a life guard requirement on all ships. Reported drownings and near drownings are not common but still happen, and not every event is reported. While parents have a duty to watch their children, it is also foreseeable that accidents of this type will happen and a lifeguard aboard would avert numerous preventable deaths.
It is important to note that most cruise ship tickets limit the time you have to notify and sue the cruiseline. Failure to timely make your claim may forever prevent you from seeking just compensation. Many cruise lines require that suit be brought in Miami, our law firm’s city. As such we have represented people against cruise lines from all over America and the world.
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