According to a report by The Royal Caribbean Blog, a young boy sailing aboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas nearly drowned today after being found unconsciousness in one of the ship’s main swimming pools.
The young boy was reportedly found at the bottom of one of the ship’s main Lido pools, in an conscious state. Upon his discovery, the ship’s medical team responded and administered care until additional medical services arrived via helicopter. The young boy was airlifted off of the ship and flown to a hospital in nearby France.
The condition of the boy is currently known to be serious. No additional information is currently available.
The Independence of the Seas is currently sailing on a six night western European sailing.
Over the past few months, a number of similar incidents aboard various cruise ships have ignited debate over the role of lifeguards on the Lido deck. Currently, only one major cruise line employs lifeguards, Disney Cruise Line.