There’s been more trouble in Disney’s pools this week. However, this time was on a Disney Cruise Line ship instead of Disney World. A four-year-old boy was pulled out of one of the pools on a Disney Cruise Line ship and airlifted to a hospital.
The boy’s family was planning to sail on Disney Cruise Line’s Fantasy ship for a seven-day Western Caribbean cruise. The family had just boarded the ship in Port Canaveral, Florida and decided to head straight one of the ship’s three pools. According to officials, Brevard County and Disney rescue workers responded to the ship around 3:30 p.m. for a potential drowning at the family pool. Port Canaveral police reported that they found the boy “in distress” when they arrived. The boy was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Port Canaveral and then airlifted by medical helicopter to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Florida.
Witnesses reported that the child’s parents were not in the pool with him at the time of the incident, but rushed over when emergency workers began working on him. “We’re focused on assisting the family,” Disney spokeswoman Rena Langley said. “Clearly, our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.” The Disney Cruise Line pools do not staff lifeguards as is marked by signs around the pool.
Did you see the article just last month where a thirteen-year-old boy drowned in one of the pools at the Disney World Resort’s Pop Century Resort. Although the pools have lifeguards on duty from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the boy was swimming after hours with his family. You can read the full article here.
Everyone here at Chip & Co. offers our condolences and prayers to both of these families during this difficult time.
Do you think Disney should have lifeguards at all of their pools at all hours? Do you think this would make it safer for families?
- Disney Cruise Line New Itineraries for 2014 (chipandco.com)
- Boy pulled from Disney cruise ship pool (clickorlando.com)