A newspaper in Shanghai, the Shanghaist, reports that an eight-year-old girl is in critical condition after being found unconscious in the swimming pool of a Princess cruise ship last week.
The child and her mother, both from Shanghai, reportedly sailed on the Sapphire Princess, scheduled to call on ports in Japan and South Korea’s Chejudo Island.
The newspaper reports that the mother had taken her daughter to play in the “kiddy pool” and was lounging nearby when she noticed the girl was missing. Other passengers found the child unconscious in a deeper pool. Surveillance film revealed that the girl had been struggling for some seven to nine minutes before she was discovered.
The child was put on a ventilator. She was eventually transferred to a hospital ashore in Shanghai, 12 hours later.
Princess had no life guards are on duty. Princess said that there were warning signs written in Chinese posted around the pool, stating that parents were responsible for supervising their children.
Warning signs are no substitute for attentive parents and alert lifeguards.
A 29 year-old woman was found dead in a pool on the same cruise ship a year ago.
This latest incident will spark a debate whether there should be lifeguards on cruise ships.
All of the major cruise lines without lifeguards have seen children killed or seriously injured in the cruise ship swimming pools. You can read about the incidents:
A ten year old girl on the Norwegian Gem in May 2015.
A four year old on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas January 2015.
A six year old on Carnival Victory October 2014.
A six year old boy on Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas May 2014.
A four year old boy drowned and his six year old brother was medevaced after nearly drowning in a pool on the Norwegian Breakaway in February 2014.
A four year old on Disney Fantasy March 2013. The child on the Disney cruise ship was permanently and seriously injured. Disney paid a multi-million dollar settlement and began employing lifeguards on its ships. No other cruise lines have followed Disney’s lead.
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