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4 year old nearly drowns on a Disney Cruise whose fault is it?

Posted by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:29 PM
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Four-Year-Old Child Nearly Drowns on Disney Cruise Ship

(11:00 a.m. EST) -- A 4-year-old boy nearly drowned just hours after getting on Disney Fantasy on Saturday, March 30. The boy is receiving medical treatment at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

Rena Langley, a spokeswoman for Disney Cruise Line, confirmed the incident, which occurred while the ship was still in port at Port Canaveral, for Cruise Critic.

"On Saturday afternoon, our medical personnel responded when a child was unresponsive at one of the pools on the Disney Fantasy. The child was quickly transported to the hospital."

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Brevard Country rescue workers and Port Canaveral police responded to the ship at about 3:30 p.m. and found the boy "in distress." He was initially taken to Cape Canaveral Hospital, but then flown to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando.

Disney confirmed the boy is still alive, but neither the cruise line nor Arnold Palmer Hospital would provide an update on his condition for privacy reasons.

There are no lifeguards on Disney Fantasy.

Disney Fantasy departed Port Canaveral some 45 minutes late for a seven-night Caribbean cruise.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor


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I would want to know where the parents were. I don't let my son in a pool without me in it, and he can swim not well but he can swim and he is 5. It is kind of annoying to me that this article is blaming Disney Cruise, what do you think?

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by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:29 PM
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MrsDavidB25
by Stacey on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:33 PM

 I don't know what to make of it. We just got off a Disney cruise and even if the parents were not watching the child there are TONS of other moms and dads who are watching the pool area. Here are some pics of one of the pool areas at to give an idea how many parents are around

ERMAGERRD
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:35 PM
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IMO there should be life gaurds with that many people. OF COURSE the parents should also be watching though. 

bmw29
by spitfire_bobbie on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:37 PM

I know on most cruise ships there is a kid area where you can drop your kids off kind of like a daycare. Maybe he was left in their care.

LAXmom21
by Ruby Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:39 PM
I was on a Disney cruise 10 yrs ago but I thought there were lifeguards at all the pools. I do remember the pools always had a ton of adults around, no one saw the boy drowning? I'd blame whoever was supposed to be with him.
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sheymann
by Gold Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:40 PM

The PARENTS should be watching the children... I doubt they didn't know there were life guards. A quick look around will tell you that. And even if there ARE, it could be missed. SMH.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:41 PM
If my child almost drowned in my care, I would hold myself 100% responsible.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:42 PM
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Sorry but the parents should be charged with neglect. You are responsible for your own children and these parents sound irresponsible. I wouldn't let my good swimming 6 year old out of sight on a cruise, in a pool, much less both. 

MojoRising
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Is it a drop off situation with lifeguards? Without all of the facts, I can't say who's at fault.
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by Anonymous 3 on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:43 PM
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The parents.  Just because you go on a vacation doesn't mean you can vacate your parental responsibilities. So much can happen on a cruise ship. 

MrsDavidB25
by Stacey on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:44 PM

 

Quoting MojoRising:

Is it a drop off situation with lifeguards? Without all of the facts, I can't say who's at fault.

 There are no lifeguards on a Disney cruise.

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