Girl 10, drowns on cruise ship headed to Florida

Girl 10, drowns on cruise ship headed to Florida (Image 1)

A 10-year-old girl drowned in a cruise ship pool Sunday while the boat was Florida-bound, the Coast Guard said Monday.

The Norwegian “Gem,” operated by Norwegian Cruise Line, was 75 miles off the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, when the girl drowned in one of the ship’s pools, said Coast Guard Spokesman Nate Littlejohn. He said the Coast Guard was notified about an hour after the 4 p.m. incident.

Norwegian Cruise Lines said in a statement that the company was “extremely saddened” to learn of the death. The ship’s medical team had administered CPR, but the girl could not be revived, according to the statement.

The cruise left for a seven day trip to Florida and the Bahamas from New York on Saturday, the statement said. The ship arrived at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Monday afternoon, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard is investigating the death, Littlejohn said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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