10-year-old Girl Drowns In Swimming Pool Aboard Cruise Ship

10-year-old Girl Drowns In Swimming Pool Aboard Cruise Ship
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A 10-year-old girl was reported to have drowned in the swimming pool aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line off the coast of Myrtle Beach, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The ship subsequently was sailed to a nearby port in Florida.


Norwegian Cruise Line spokeswoman Vanessa Picariello said that the vessel departed from New York for a seven-day cruise to Florida and the Bahamas.

The girl died on Sunday afternoon when the ship was 75 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in the Atlantic waters, according to Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn.

The medical team aboard the ship tried to revive the girl after noticing she was unresponsive. Littlejohn said that the ship’s officials reported the girl’s death to the Coast Guard. The ship thereby was taken to Port Canaveral, Florida, where it arrived on Monday noon.

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The girl hadn’t been identified, nor had further details surrounding her death released.

According to Fox News, confirming the death in a statement, Picariello said, “We are extremely saddened to have learned that a guest passed away on Sunday aboard the Norwegian Gem.

“On Sunday afternoon, the ship’s medical team responded to an emergency call from the pool deck, as a ten-year-old female guest was reported unresponsive. The team quickly administered CPR and full emergency care. After extensive efforts, the guest could not be revived. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family during this very difficult time. Norwegian’s care team is providing full assistance and support to the family.”

The statement did not provide any details regarding how the accident occurred.

Data received from the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reveals that unintentional drowning is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Ten people die from the same cause every day.

Approximately 20 percent of these deaths are of children under the age of 14 years.

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