I was saddened to learn of another tragic incident involving a drowning onboard a cruise ship. This particular drowning involved a 10 year old girl who was with her family onboard a Norwegian cruise ship, the Norwegian Gem, for what was supposed to be a fun filled vacation lasting 7 days. The cruise ship left from New York and was heading to Myrtle Beach at the time of the drowning.
Shipboard medical personnel was unable to resuscitate the 10 year old girl and she died onboard the cruise ship. What a tragic incident for the family! It’s hard to imagine going on a cruise and losing a loved one during the cruise. The exact circumstances surrounding the drowning are unknown at this time. However, there has been a lot of debate about whether lifeguards should be present at the pools on cruise ships. The major cruise ship companies do not utilize lifeguards. Disney Cruise Lines is the only cruise line company known to utilize lifeguards.
Lifeguards are trained not only to respond to a drowning incident but to anticipate a drowning situation about to develop, and take appropriate precautions to avoid a drowning, and avoid having to attempt to resuscitate someone. It is the prevention portion that is critical, and this should mandate that lifeguards be present onboard the cruise ships. There are many water attractions on cruise ships, with thousands of passengers onboard, making it is easy to lose track of a young child.