Child Almost Drowns On Carnival Cruise Ship

Carnival Splendor
Phot By Carnival Cruise Line


We are now pleased to report that the 2-year-old boy has been discharged from Hospital and is re-joining the ship with his parents.


A 2-year-old has been hospitalized after almost drowning onboard the Carnival Splendor. At around 3:00 PM Saturday while the large ship was docked at Port Miami the young boy was pulled out of the ships swimming pool by his mother. The boy was given immediate assistance and was conscious. Help was on hand by a fellow passenger and local paramedics took him to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Carnival provided Cruise Hive the following statement:

At approximately 3pm yesterday afternoon, while the cruise ship Carnival Splendor was docked at PortMiami, a mother briefly lost sight of two year old son and subsequently found him in one of the ship’s pools. She pulled him out and another guest who identified himself as a paramedic immediately rendered assistance.

The child was conscious and taken to the ship’s medical center where further care was provided by the ship’s medical team and he remained in stable condition until transferred by Miami-Dade emergency services personnel to a local hospital. Carnival has engaged our CareTeam to provide assistance to the family.

The last time Cruise Hive reported on a near drowning was in July. A Young boy had almost drowned aboard Anthem of the Seas, he was in the ships pool for up to ten minutes and she ship turned back around towards its home port in New Jersey so he could be taken to Hospital.

The 113,300 gross ton vessel was in the port before departing on a 9-day eastern Caribbean cruise. The ship did sail an altered itinerary the week before due to Hurricane Matthew but was not impacted as much as other ships in the fleet.

These terrible occurrences and tragic events will make calls for onboard Life Guards even louder. What are your thoughts on cruise ships employing lifeguards or should parents take more responsibility? Let us know in the comments further down below.