Children may not be protected in cruise ship accident incidents

When families plan vacations, they often consider destinations and activities that are suited for members of all ages. In fact, many Maryland families choose cruises because they typically feature child and adult-oriented amenities and activities, and provide parents with a sense of security knowing where their kids are at all times. Unfortunately, however, children aboard cruise ships may not be as safe as parents would believe, since they can be involved in serious personal injury and accident incidents.

While some cruise lines are specifically designed to cater to the interests and safety needs of children, many others do not offer additional precautions for young passengers. For instance, many cruise ships enforce a swim-at-your-own-risk policy and do not place lifeguards at swimming pools. Furthermore, parents may be responsible for monitoring their children aboard ship even when kids are in certain designated areas. Another issue is that some maritime laws regard personal injury incidents differently than standard premises liability policies.

Two young boys were involved in a major pool incident aboard a cruise ship recently, raising concerns over their rights as passengers and victims. The incident reportedly occurred aboard a Norwegian cruise ship traveling from New York to the Bahamas. The ship features 18 decks, a water park specifically designed for children, and several swimming pools.

It was reportedly at one of the swimming pools that the two young boys were found unresponsive. After administering CPR two both, the ship’s medical staff was allegedly able to revive the older of the two boys. He was transported to a hospital on shore. Tragically, however, the younger victim died. No further details regarding the incident were immediately available.

Source: Yahoo! News, “1 child dies, 1 hospitalized after cruise incident,” Emery P. Dalesio, Feb. 4, 2014

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