Tragedy struck on a cruise ship headed to Florida and the Bahamas on Monday morning. Two small children, both boys ages 6 and 4, had to be rescued from one of the adult pools on the Norwegian Breakaway. Both children were unresponsive at the time they were found and were quickly given CPR by the ship’s medical staff.
The older child was airlifted by the U.S. Coast Guard to CarolinaEast Medical Center along with the child’s grandmother and a nurse from the ship and is recovering in stable condition at Vidant Medical Center. The younger child was unable to be resuscitated and passed away on board.
The incident happened 35 nautical miles east of Morehead City, North Carolina. The names of the children are being withheld at this time.
The Norwegian Breakaway is currently on a 7 night cruise out of New York with stops in Port Canaveral, Florida, Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas (Norwegian’s private island); and Nassau, Bahamas. The cruise ship left New York on Sunday afternoon.
This past October, a 6 year old boy downed in one of the pools on the Carnival Victory. Most cruise ships currently do not have lifeguards to watch over the pools on board. Disney Cruise Line is the only line that staffs lifeguards at the pools on their ships. However, it is likely that there will be a renewed call for staffed lifeguards on more cruise lines after these 2 tragedies.
The 4,000 passenger Norwegian Breakaway is the largest cruise ship to sail out of the Port of New York. The ship has been in service since the spring of 2013. The Breakaway is the the 2nd largest cruise ship in Norwegian’s fleet and 8th largest cruise ship in the world.
Cruise Fever will continue to monitor this tragedy and will update this page as more information becomes available. We would also like to extend our condolences to the family of the child that passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.