A 5-year-old boy nearly drowned in a South Florida Apartment Complex pool. The incident happened on April 14th at a new apartment complex on Paseo Boulevard in downtown Doral, a city within Miami-Dade County. Paramedics responded and found the child in full cardiac arrest. Lt. Felipe Lay of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said that when they arrived a person had already performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the boy. First responders, however, had to revive the child from unconsciousness. The boy was transported him to Palmetto General Hospital for further care. The police are investigating the incident.
A 2-year-old boy has been hospitalized after nearly drowning aboard the Carnival Splendor. According to reports, Saturday around 3:00 p.m. while the ship was docked at Port Miami, the toddler’s mother lost sight of him briefly and minutes later found him in one of the ship’s pools. A passenger aboard the ship who is a paramedic rendered assistance and the child was taken to the ship’s infirmary. The toddler was then transferred by local emergency personnel to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The toddler was reportedly conscious and stable at the time of his transfer to the hospital. We sincerely wish the young child a speedy recovery and send our best to his family.
Just three months ago, we reported on the tragic death of an 8 year-old-boy aboard Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas. Still, cruise lines continue to refuse to provide lifeguards on their ships claiming they comply with all safety requirements by posting visible signs alerting passengers to the fact that a lifeguard is not on duty and that children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Carnival carries approximately 700,000 children a year aboard its ships. While failing to provide lifeguards to protect children, it advertises and promotes, unlimited all-inclusive beverage packages with its Cheers! Program. No doubt, parents must supervise their children but cruise lines should be required to protect the safety of their passengers by implementing simple safety measures such as lifeguards.
There has been another child drowning in Florida. This time a 10-year-old girl drowned in a pool located at the Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra Hilton Garden Inn. Reports states that the girl identified as Raven Malden of Pensacola was swimming Saturday night with three other family members. She went underwater. Two other children tried to pull the girl from the pool while an older child whet to get help. The girl was removed from the pool and CPR was preformed. Upon arriving to the scene, paramedics took over resuscitation efforts and the child was taken to a Baptist Medical Center Beaches. Tragically, the child died.
This is the second incident within three months where a child has drowned in a Jacksonville area pool. The other incident occurred when a 5-year-old girl wondered into a neighbor’s pool on July 27th.
Royal Caribbean ANTHEM OF THE SEAS makes news again after a 72-year-old woman was reportedly having trouble swimming in one of the ship’s pools. The woman was initially taken to the ship’s infirmary but she required further medical treatment so the ship sped up to arrive into Cape Liberty, New Jersey for a medical evaluation.
According to the Jersey Journal, a Philadelphia man aboard the ship witnessed the incident and said that when he and his wife arrived in the area the woman had just been pulled from the water, was unresponsive and had a pale/purple look.
The woman’s condition remains unknown.
A 4 year old girl drowned at the Grand Seas Resort near Daytona Beach, Florida. On June 2, 2016 Hailey R. Stanley of Macon, Georgia was on vacation with family spending time at the resort pool when another hotel guest spotted her at the bottom. That guest jumped in to rescue her and other guests immediately began administering CPR. Fire crews arrived shortly after 12:10 p.m. and continued CPR while rushing the toddler to Florida Hospital Oceanside, in Ormond Beach where the young girl was pronounced dead.
A police incident report indicates that the young girl was in the care of her 28 year old cousin. The toddler was last seen in the kiddie pool, but at some point she wandered over to a slide that slid down into a deeper section of the pool where the girl was seen motionless at the bottom. It is not clear from media reports whether a lifeguard was on duty for the resort at the time.
Florida leads the nation with the highest rate of drowning deaths of children between the ages of 1 and 4. A tragic trend in child drownings, known as the “everyone is watching, no one is watching” situation occurs when pools are crowded and caretakers assume that eyes are everywhere. Most drownings do not begin with the victim screaming and splashing. The distress often begins underwater where no one can hear or see that a child is in danger until it is too late.
Royal Caribbean ANTHEM OF THE SEAS was forced to return to New Jersey just hours after it had departed after an eight year old boy nearly drowned in a pool on board. The young child is reported to be in critical condition. According to the Coast Guard, the boy had been in the water for eight to 10 minutes before cruise officials found him. The child was Medevaced to Staten Island University Hospital, where his family was expected to join him.
In March, a 4-year old boy nearly drowned in a pool on board the Royal Caribbean OASIS OF THE SEAS. The toddler was in the pool for five minutes underwater and no longer had a pulse before cruise passengers jumped in to perform CPR. Just in December of 2015, an 8-year old boy drowned on Royal Caribbean’s LIBERTY OF THE SEAS. He was spotted by another guest and unable to be revived.
Despite the many incidents involving drownings and near drownings on board cruise ships, most cruise lines do not have lifeguards on their ships. Royal Caribbean has recently indicated it does not, nor does it plan to add, lifeguards on its ships. Disney Cruise Lines (Magical Cruises) remains as the only cruise line to provide lifeguards, which was put in place in reaction to a small child who nearly drowned aboard its FANTASY cruise ship. For an industry that depends upon families vacationing on their ships, it is truly appalling that cruise lines refuse to implement basic pool safety precautions to protect the very same families who support their business.
An alligator attacked a two year old boy Tuesday night in front of his parents at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort in Orlando, Florida. The toddler is still missing. Reports state that the boy and his father were near the water’s edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon when and alligator grabbed and pulled the boy underwater. The father attempted to rescue his son by attempting to pry the alligator’s mouth open. The mother also jumped in to save her son. Both parents alerted a lifeguard who called 911. The attack happened just after 9:20 p.m. as the resort was hosting a “Movie under the Stars” event.
Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission search teams, assisted by Disney boats, launched a search and rescue mission. Throughout the night the search included helicopters, sonar teams, marine units and alligator trappers. Five alligators were pulled from the lagoon during the search which were euthanized to determine if they were involved in the attack. So far there is no evidence that the alligator involved is one of the five caught.
Alligator attacks do occur in Florida each year so much so that Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission keeps statics on events involving alligators biting humans. In 1986 a 10-year-old boy was attacked by an alligator in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. That boy survived as a result of his brother and sister hitting the alligator until it released the boy.
On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, a child apparently vacationing at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, drowned at one of the resort’s three pools. Media outlets have provided conflicting information pertaining to the child’s age – some media outlets have reported this was a 3-year-old toddler, while others have reported this was a 7-year-old boy. The boy’s identify has not been released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, but reports state the boy (or toddler) was found underwater. It is unknown how deep the water was at the location where the toddler was found. He was tragically pronounced dead at a local hospital, sometime after 8:00 p.m.
Information surrounding the drowning is limited. However, a representative for Disney has stated that, at the time of the drowning, there were lifeguards on duty. The number of lifeguards on duty is also unknown, but the Inquisitr reports that lifeguards are not on duty at all pools all night.
Just over one month ago, a 4-year-old girl vacationing at a different Orlando Resort nearly drowned at the resort’s pool. She was thankfully saved by a Good Samaritan. For more on this near-drowning, please see our article titled “Near-Drowning of 4-year-old girl reported at Orland, FL Resort”, https://www.maritimelawblog.net/2015/05/near-drowning-of-4-year-old-gi.html, (Published on May 22, 2015).
News sources have reported the near-drowning of a 4-year-old girl this week at the Bluegreen Vacations Fountains Resort in Orlando, Florida. The girl’s family found her at the bottom of the resort’s 6,000 square foot swimming pool. It is unknown whether the resort had lifeguards on duty at the time of the tragic discovery. Thankfully, an off-duty Lake County, Florida firefighter was vacationing at the resort and was able to revive the girl with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (“CPR”) efforts. The off-duty firefighter identified as Lt. Shannon Bush has been quoted describing the 4-year-old girl as “lifeless and unresponsive”. Shortly after Lt. Bush administered CPR and was able to obtain a pulse, the girl was transported to a local area hospital for treatment. She was reportedly released from the hospital the next day.
This near-drowning once again raises concerns about pool safety and more specifically the high rate of child drownings in Florida. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Florida has been ranked as having the nation’s highest drowning rate for children under 14 years of age. This statistic is quite disturbing, especially when many of these drownings and near-drownings can be easily prevented with basic safety measures and precautions, including the posting of lifeguards to supervise and watch over children at public and private pools.
If you or a loved one has lost someone as a result of a drowning, contact a skilled attorney to assist you. The pool drowning attorneys at Brais Brais & Rusak are here to help.
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.
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