Tragedy has struck. It is being reported that a 10-year-girl has drown in one of the swimming pools aboard the NCL operated Norwegian Gem cruise ship. Coast Guard Spokesperson, Nate Littlejohn, stated the cruise ship was 75 miles off the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, when the girl drowned. The ship's medical staff administered CPR, but the girl could not be revived, according to the statement released by Norwegian Cruise Lines. The Norwegian Gem was on a seven day voyage from New York to Florida and the Bahamas. The Coast Guard is investigating the death.
We have written extensively on aquatic safety not only aboard cruise ships but at resorts and sadly our attorneys represented families of drowning victims. Often times we have proven that pool drowning deaths are 100% preventable. There is no reason why many cruise lines do not staff their ships with life guard and do not have childproof barriers. Such safety precautions are uniformly followed by shore side resorts. These precautions are relatively inexpensive and save lives.
We invite you to read our other articles about pool safety.
Toddler's Pool-Drowning Underscores Need for Pool Safety Procedures (Published on Apr. 30, 2015)
Two Passenger Drowning Incidents Occur at Disney's Castaway Cay (Published on Mar.6, 2015)
Boy Who Nearly Drowned Aboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Left in Critical Condition (Published on Jan. 6, 2015)
Five South Florida Drownings in Three Weeks (Published on Oct. 19, 2014)
Boy Found on Bottom of Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Fights for Life (Published on May 31, 2014)
Child Drowns in NCL Ship's Pool (Published on Feb. 4, 2014)
Florida Boy Drowns in Carnival Cruise Ship's Pool (Published on Oct. 15, 2013)