A 6-year-old British boy who was cruising aboard Royal Caribbeans Independence of the Seas is still in a critical condition in Hospital after almost drowning in the ships swimming pool yesterday (May 27th 2014).
The young passenger was found with no heart beat at the bottom of the pool at around lunch time. All we know at this time is that it was a pool on one of the open decks. Once the ship’s doctor arrived on the scene he managed to get the boy’s heart beating again by doing CPR. Not long after the French authorities were alerted which was when a Helicopter was dispatched.
At the time the Independence of the Seas was sailing near Breton in Northern France. The boy was then taken to local Hospital in Brest, France where he is now fighting for his life. Cruise Hive will update this report once more news is released of his condition.
Royal Caribbean did release a statement saying “Royal Caribbean’s Care Team is providing support to the guest’s family and our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
It’s also been reported that the boy was cruising with his parents but no word yet if he was accompanied with them or was left alone in the pool. The 154,407 ton ship is on a 6-night Western European cruise where it departed Southampton, UK on Sunday.
It was just in October 2013 when a boy who was also 6 years old drowned onboard the Carnival Victory. he was playing with his 10-year-old brother at the time. Also another tragedy happened on the Norwegian Breakaway when a young 4-year-old boy drowned in the ships pool. He was with another 6-year-old who was later airlifted to hospital and thankfully recovered.