A 10 year old girl drowned in a swimming pool onboard the Norwegian Gem cruise ship earlier this month, as the ship was travelling from New York to Florida. According to the cruise ship, the ship’s medical team responded quickly to an emergency call from the pool, and administered CPR and emergency care, but could not resuscitate the child. Norwegian said it is providing full assistance and support to the family.
If you are planning a cruise this summer, you should be aware that most cruise ships do not have lifeguards at the pools. Typically there are signs posted that warn passengers that they should swim at their own risk, which is similar to signs that you see at hotels. This means that safety is in the hands of the passengers. Many parents may want to relax in the sun, but it’s critical that you keep an eye on your children, even if there are lifeguards present.
If the pool happens to be crowded, don’t assume that someone else on the ship will watch your child. Supervision is very important. Drowning is silent, and it’s not uncommon for children to drown in crowded pools full of other children and adults. Before you visit the pool, review water safety tips with your kids. Teach them not to go near the pool or hot tub without an adult present.
Cruises can be a lot of fun for the whole family, but they can also be dangerous in a number of ways. Cruise lines have a responsibility to keep their passengers safe. If they fail to do so, you may have legal rights against the cruise line. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges if you have any questions about cruise lines and their legal liability. We can be reached at 855-947-0707, or you can visit us on Facebook to learn more.