A 10-year-old girl drowned in a pool aboard NCL Norwegian Gem while the ship was 75 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on 17 May (Sunday) afternoon. The vessel then sailed to Port Canaveral, Florida. Norwegian Gem was heading to the Bahamas for a 7-day round-trip voyage which had departed from New York on Saturday.
Immediately after the accident, the ship sailed to a nearby port in Florida. US Coast Guard (USCG) is still investigating the death. No further details of circumstances surrounding the death were given.
"On Sunday afternoon, the ship's medical team responded to an emergency call from the pool deck, as a ten-year-old female guest was reported unresponsive. The team quickly administered CPR and full emergency care. After extensive efforts, the guest could not be revived", the NCL statement said.
There have been a number of near-drownings and drownings of minors on cruise vessels during the last years. This is not the first time a kid has drowned on a cruise ship of Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL).
Last year, two children were pulled from a swimming pool on NCL Norwegian Breakaway as the ship was sailing again to the Bahamas from New York. Both kids were unresponsive. The younger (age 4) died on board. The other minor (age 6) was medevaced by the Coast Guard.
All of the major lines without lifeguards have seen kids seriously injured or killed in the cruise ship pools: a 4-year-old on Oasis of the Seas in January 2015; a 6-year-old on Carnival Victory in October 2014; a 6-year old on Independence of the Seas in May 2014; a 4-four year old on Disney Fantasy in March 2013.
The kid on the Disney cruise ship was seriously injured. The line paid a multi-million dollar settlement and started employing lifeguards on its cruise ships. Unfortunately, no other lines have followed the lead.