For many families in Massachusetts, going on a cruise is the ultimate family vacation. Cruises offer a little something for everyone; children get to enjoy the swimming pools and other activities geared toward kids and parents can sit back and relax in the sunshine or enjoy the night life and take in a show. For most passengers aboard a cruise ship, it is a carefree time to spend with family and friends, however, a recent accident aboard a Carnival cruise Line ship was probably the last thing the loved ones of a 6-year-old boy expected.
The little boy was on the cruise with his family when they went to swim in one of the ship’s swimming pools. The pools do not have lifeguards on duty, and the cruise line has said that parents and caregivers are responsible for ensuring the safety of their children and watching those who are under 13.
A DJ who was playing music near the pool saw the little boy struggling in the water and jumped in fully clothed in an attempt to save him. Other men also joined him and tried to resuscitate him, but were unsuccessful. The little boy was pronounced dead on the scene.
The family of this little boy would be well advised to consult with a personal injury attorney regarding his death and filing a premises liability suit against the cruise line. They may be entitled to compensation for his funeral expenses and loss of consortium, meaning the benefit the family has lost of being with the little boy and raising him.
Source: News One, “6-Year-Old Boy Drowns In Carnival Cruise Line Pool,” Oct. 15, 2013