The AP reports that a 6-year-old boy drowned in a pool on Carnival Victory cruise ship on Sunday.
Carnival said that this was the first time a child drowned on one of its ships.
But just last month a 41 year-old passenger drowned in one of the hot tubs on the Carnival Dream.
We reported the last time a major cruise line experienced such an incident. The Disney Fantasy has a small boy rendered brain damaged when he nearly drown. You can read our articles:
I was quoted by the AP about this latest fatality:
"There is a great deal of debate on whether cruise lines should have lifeguards, according to Jim Walker, a Miami maritime attorney . . . "
"This involves the debate between personal responsibility and corporate responsibility," he wrote in an email to the Associated Press. "Yes, parents should have responsibility for watching their children but at the same time cruise corporations have a duty to watch over the parents and children and provide a reasonably safe place for them to have a family vacation."