Last updated: 10:23 AM ET, Tue May 19 2015

10-Year-Old Girl Drowns on Cruise Ship

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 19, 2015

10-Year-Old Girl Drowns on Cruise Ship

PHOTO: A 10-year-old-girl reportedly drowned Sunday afternoon on Norwegian Gem. (Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

Tragedy struck Sunday afternoon on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship when a 10-year-old girl drowned in a swimming pool while the vessel was 75 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

According to The Associated Press, Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn confirmed to the news outlet that the little girl did pass away aboard the Norwegian Gem. Littlejohn did not identify the victim or share any further details about the circumstances surrounding the death.

After the ship reported the untimely death to the United States Coast Guard, Littlejohn told The AP that the Norwegian Gem immediately sailed to Port Canaveral, Florida, and arrived about noon Monday.

In light of the tragic situation, Norwegian Cruise Line spokesperson Vanessa Picariello released a statement on behalf of the company:

“We are extremely saddened to have learned that a guest passed away on Sunday aboard the Norwegian Gem. On Sunday afternoon, the ship's medical team responded to an emergency call from the pool deck, as a ten-year-old female guest was reported unresponsive. The team quickly administered CPR and full emergency care. After extensive efforts, the guest could not be revived. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family during this very difficult time. Norwegian's care team is providing full assistance and support to the family.”

According to Picariello, the Norwegian Gem left New York on Saturday and was scheduled to visit Florida and the Bahamas during a seven-day cruise. Littlejohn claimed that the Coast Guard was conducting an investigation into the death of the little girl.


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