Hazards linked to swimming pools aboard cruise ships

Though it might be easy to think that serious injuries may only happen in cruise ships when it capsize, many areas inside the large water vessel like swimming pools can also cause serious injuries mostly to younger passengers.

Many people together with their family choose to travel different parts of the world aboard a cruise ship. As passengers aboard are overwhelmed by the excursion experience, child passengers often find themselves having fun exploring the vastness of the ship. However, children are at risk of suffering water-related injuries like drowning in swimming pools when the cruise ship management and its crews become negligent. Swimming pools can be dangerous if it did not have sufficient lifeguards, proper safety devices, and railings around the pool area, according to The Vucci Law Group, P.A. Swimming pools inside cruise ships are also dangerous if the environment is distracting or the pool itself has design flaws.

A recent news revealed that a 4-year-old boy who was aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas with his family, nearly died of drowning after being “swept away” to the wave pool. The accident reportedly happened after the child roam away from his mother. The boy who was submerged in the pool for nearly six minutes was pulled out from the water and was given immediate medical attention. The cruise ship docked on the same day and brought the child to the hospital in Fort Lauderdale due to critical condition. Though the pool has signage, a cruise ship spokeswoman admitted that there were no lifeguards stationed in their pools like those in hotels.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) drowning is considered to be the fifth cause of unintentional injury that can be fatal and a data from 2005 to 2009 revealed that an estimated 3,533 persons died of drowning.