One child dead, another hurt at Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship pool
A 4-year-old child apparently drowned and a 6-year-old was seriously hurt Monday in a swimming pool on a Central Florida-bound cruise ship, authorities said.
“We are extremely saddened to report that a tragedy occurred on board Norwegian Breakaway this morning,” the cruise line said on its Facebook page.
Both children were found unconscious in the pool about 11:30 a.m., said Petty Officer Adam Sansoucie of the U.S. Coast Guard in North Carolina. The accident happened about 35 miles east of Cape Lookout.
The older child was revived with cardiopulmonary resuscitation and flown by Marine Corps helicopter to Cartaret General Hospital in Morehead City, N.C., accompanied by his grandmother and a ship nurse, authorities said.
The younger child died onboard the ship.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the family during this extremely difficult time and are providing full assistance and support,” the cruise line said on Facebook. “The family is in our thoughts and prayers and we ask that you please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as well.”
The Breakaway, which is decorated with Peter Max art, is based in New York City and sails to the Bahamas with a weekly stop in Port Canaveral. It is scheduled to make a call Tuesday at the Brevard County port.
A 6-year-old Winter Garden boy, Qwentyn Hunter, drowned in October on the Miami-based Carnival Victory.
In March, a 4-year-old Minnesota boy, Chase Lykken, nearly drowned on the Disney Fantasy while it was docked at Port Canaveral before a cruise. He remains severely disabled.