There has been stranded cruise ships, the deadly Italian cruise ship accident, and far too many ship incidents to make me ever want to head out to sea on a floating disaster. But this latest incident brings up more questions and more fear. A 6-year-old boy drowned in a pool on a Carnival Victory Cruise after he was swimming with his 10-year-old brother. The boy is from Winter Garden, Florida, and was on a 4-day vacation cruise to the Caribbean with his family.
The DJ reportedly noticed the boy struggling to stay above water and stopped the music and a fellow guest was the one who jumped in to pull the boy out after he went underwater.
Passenger Deshaun Christian, 23, witnessed the rescue and said, "It was a lot of chaos, people were going crazy, people were praying, they had their hands to the sky. It was a scary scene, seeing a little boy just lifeless." He continued, "There were a lot of adults, but why wasn't anyone watching the kids? You'd think Carnival would have lifeguards around the pool."
Apparently there are no lifeguards on duty on Carnival Cruise ships and instead it's just parental supervision. This isn't exactly great press for a cruise line that is riddled with issues. There are no details about where the parents were at the time, so we do not know exactly what happened here except for that it is a tragic accident. One we all wish never happened. But this isn't the first story of a child drowning in a pool, and sadly it won't be the last. CNN reports that 10 people die every day from unintentional drowning, and 20 percent are children under 14.
As a mom, I can't help but fear pools, along with cruise ships. There are just too many horrific accidents happening. I know these things happen, but I can't help but feel that any time there is a pool, there should be a lifeguard, particularly on a cruise ship or any type of resort. Saying this now isn't going to bring back that little boy, but perhaps it could save another.
What do you think about the no lifeguards rule at this pool?
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