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8-Year-Old Boy Drowns On Liberty Of The Seas Christmas Cruise


COZUMEL – An 8-year-old boy drowned onboard Liberty of the Seas on Monday.

According to a letter from Royal Caribbean to the guests onboard the ship on the Cruise Law News site, the young child drowned in one of the ship’s pools.

The boy was spotted by one of the guests and pulled out. The ship’s medical team responded and performed CPR for more than 1 hour but they were unable to resuscitate him.

Liberty of the Seas is sailing a 7-night western Caribbean cruise. When the boy drowned the ship was sailing a day at sea and heading towards Cozumel, Mexico.

Liberty of the Seas departed Galveston, Texas on December 20 and is expected back on December 27. Other ports of calls include Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico.

Many cruise lines do not have lifeguards onboard so children are able to use the swimming pool with no supervision.

The cruise ship industry is asking whether there needs to be lifeguards on the world’s biggest passenger ships.

Liberty of the Seas can carry 3,630 passengers at double occupancy and is a 160,000 gross ton vessel.

The large ship features an adults only pool in the solarium, a main pool which also hosts pool sports, the H20 Zone which features 2 splash pools for kids and there are also whirlpools and Flowriders.

It’s not yet clear which pool the boy was in when he died.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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