By Cruise Ship Attorney, Michael Ehline: In the never ending story of ill supervised children on ships lacing passengers and parents with boos, here comes another one. Two children were rescued from a cruise ship swimming pool (learn more about pool accidents here), while aboard the Norwegian Breakaway; one of the children died, the cruise line said. According to officials the child who died was a 4 year-old boy and the second child who was 6 years old was revived and airlifted by the U.S. Coast Guard and taken to a hospital in North Carolina.
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So who is legally liable? And even if there is liability, where will the lawsuit be filed? The answer is simple, the parents will be bound by treaties, jurisdiction and venue clauses, will deal with stonewalling and hide the balls tactics, and probably recover much less than if this happened on land at any other resort. In any event, the Norwegian Cruise Line stated that the ships emergency medical team was notified about the incident and found that the two young children were rescued from the adult pool and were unresponsive on the pool deck.
The medical team administered CPR on both children immediately and as stated by the cruise line “After many resuscitation attempts, the younger child passed away on board.” The child who was transported by the U.S. Coast Guard to a hospital was accompanied by a grandmother and nurse from the ship, officials from Norwegian Cruise Line said.
The Norwegian Breakaway has the capacity to carry 4,000 passengers, is an 18 deck ship and as one of the newest ships of the cruise line it has a New York City theme of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty in a colorful mural on the exterior hull of the vessel. The ship has several pool areas including an aqua park with a play area for young children and is based in New York.
According to port spokeswoman Rosaalind Harvey the Norwegian Breakaway was docked in Port Canaveral, Florida Tuesday morning and had been headed to Florida and then to the Bahamas. Norwegian Cruise Lines made a statement to extend their deepest sympathies to the family of the child and said they are providing full assistance and support. The question we have: Where was the lifeguard? Why are kids swimming without adequate supervision? Going on a cruise, means taking your life and that of your family in your own hands. Be careful people. This was a PSA from Ehline Law Firm PC.