A 10-year-old New York girl lost her life on May 18 while onboard a cruise ship – the Miami-Dade County based Norwegian Gem, which is owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line Corp Ltd, the Huffington Post reported.
The cruise ship had departed for a seven-day cruise in Florida and the Bahamas. According to a press statement about the incident, the cruise ship’s medical team was called to an emergency at the pool deck, where the young female passenger was unconscious. Although the responders performed CPR, she remained unresponsive.
After the child’s death, the Norwegian Gem made its way from 75 miles off the coats of Myrtle Beach to Port Canaveral in Florida.
This event is preceded by another tragic fatal drowning accident; a four-year-old boy died on the same ship in 2014 by drowning, while his friend was airlifted by the Coast Guard for immediate treatment.
The Norwegian Gem, like other cruise ship giants Carnival and the Royal Caribbean, does not employ lifeguards to watch over the ship’s swimming pools.