(2 p.m. EST) — An eight-year old boy drowned onboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas Monday while the ship was at sea.
"We extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of an eight-year-old boy who drowned onboard Liberty of the Seas in one of the ship’s swimming pools," Royal Caribbean said in a statement. "We ask that you join us in keeping the child and his family in your thoughts and prayers."
On Monday afternoon, the boy was spotted and pulled out of the pool by another passenger. Though the medical team responded and attempted resuscitation for more than 60 minutes, they were unable to revive him.
Unlike the beach or public pools, most cruise ships do not have lifeguards stationed at their pools. Signs are always posted that warn passengers to swim at their own risk, similar to what you’d see at many hotels. Disney Cruise Line is the only major line to have lifeguards stationed at its family pools.
Talking to children about pool safety before cruising and close adult supervision at the pool are just two ways to keep kids safe. For more, read Cruise Critic’s cruise ship pool safety tips.