Carnival Cruise Line says Qwentyn Hunter, 6, from Winter Garden, Florida drowned while swimming on the Carnival Victory in their main pool.
According to reports from the Miami-Dade Police Department, the young boy was playing with his 10-year-old brother in the pool on Sunday when the incident occurred.
The Carnival Victory was on the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise Sunday when the boy drowned in the midship pool. He was at the pool area with other family members at the time, the company’s statement read.
“To the best of our knowledge it is the first time a child has drowned aboard one of our ships,” Carnival spokeswoman Joyce Oliva said in an email to The Associated Press.
The cruise came back to its home port, Port Miami, on Monday morning. Carnival has reported that there were 3,094 guests, and approximately 1,100 staff members, on the cruise at the time of the drowning.
Passengers aboard the cruise immediately pulled the young child from the pool and started CPR; however, it was to late, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Carnival extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family during this very difficult time. The company’s CareTeam is providing assistance and support,” Carnival said in its statement.