The Shanghai Daily reports that a passenger on a cruise from Shanghai was found dead in one of the cruise ship’s pools.
The newspaper says that Princess Cruises confirmed the death of the 29-year-old woman onboard the Sapphire Princess cruise ship.
"It is thought that she drowned," according to the newspaper.
The cruise reportedly left Shanghai for South Korea’s Chejudo Island on Wednesday. The woman was found dead in the swimming pool on Thursday. The Princess cruise ship returned to Shanghai yesterday (Sunday).
There have been a rash of drownings, or near drownings, in the cruise industry the last two years. Most of the victims have been children.
A 6 year old boy was pulled from a swimming pool on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas in May this year. A 4 year old died and his 6 year old brother was injured after similar tragedies on NCL’s Norwegian Breakaway, last February. A 6 year old child drowned on a Carnival cruise ship, the Victory, in October of last year. A 4 year child was seriously brain damaged after he nearly drowned on a Disney cruise ship, the Fantasy, in March of last year.
A 42 year old passenger drowned in a hot tub on the Carnival Dream last year.
This death will reignite the debate whether cruise lines should employ lifeguards around the ship’s swimming pools. Only Disney employs lifeguards on its ships, and did so only after the tragedy affecting the 4 year old boy who nearly drowned on the Fantasy.
So far the facts are sketchy and there is no explanation how the drowning occurred.
We reached out to Princess and received the following statement:
"We are saddened to confirm that a female adult guest aboard Sapphire Princess has died from an apparent drowning in one of the ship’s swimming pools. Our thoughts and prayers are with our guest’s family and we are providing support and assistance to them during this difficult time. The incident is under investigation."