​Child Drowns On Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship

Staff Reporter
Aug. 7, 2014

A 4-year-old child drowns on the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship on Feb. 3 as the ship was off the coast of North Carolina, traveling from New York to Florida, according to About Cruise Ships website. Passengers were on their way to the Bahamas when the incident occurred.

A 6-year-old boy also found in the pool Monday was revived and was flown to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern with his grandmother and a nurse from the ship. The boy was then transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. A spokeswoman said Tuesday that the hospital was waiting for the boy’s parents to arrive to approve releasing his condition.

Norwegian says a medical team on the ship performed CPR, but the younger child died. A Norwegian spokeswoman line didn’t immediately return messages Tuesday.

“After extensive efforts, the younger child could not be revived,” Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement. “We extend our deepest sympathies to the family during this extremely difficult time and are providing full assistance and support.”

According to Norwegian’s website, the 4,000-passenger ship is based in New York and was headed to Florida. The itinerary then had it headed to the Bahamas.

Norwegian Breakaway, an 18-deck ship with a capacity of 4,000 passengers, is one of Norwegian’s newest ships, launching in the spring of 2013. The ship has a New York City theme, with a colorful mural on the exterior hull designed by pop artist Peter Max featuring images of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. The vessel homeports year-round from Manhattan.

When it launched, the ship was praised by industry experts such as Cruise Week editor Mike Driscoll, who called it “the best ship in the company’s 47-year history.”

Its attractions include an intimate blues club, a ropes course, and restaurants by Food Network chef Geoffrey Zakarian. It has several pool areas, including an aqua park with a play area for young children. There’s also a supervised program for children ages 3 to 17 called Splash Academy.

Its sister ship, Norwegian Getaway, has just been launched and is scheduled to be christened Friday in Miami.

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