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A 4-year-old child died Monday after being found unresponsive in a swimming pool on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship off the North Carolina coast.

A 6-year-old boy was also found in the pool Monday morning, but a medical team was able to revive the boy and he was flown to a hospital.


A 4-year-old child died Monday after being found unresponsive in a swimming pool on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship. A 6-year-old boy was also found in the swimming pool and was airlifted to a hospital by helicopter.

A Marine helicopter flew to the Norwegian Breakaway about 40 miles off Cape Lookout to pick up the 6-year-old child. The helicopter flew the boy and his grandmother to the hospital. There is no word yet on the child’s condition.

The cruise line claims that a medical team on the ship performed CPR on the two children, but the younger child died. No additional information has been released from the cruise line.

The 4,000-passenger ship is based in New York and was travelling to Florida.

Drowning accidents can happen in a matter of minutes and with little to no warning. Children who are submerged under water start to lose consciousness after approximately two minutes. Brain injury tends to occur after a child has been under water between four and six minutes. Children that survive near drowning accidents without any neurological damage are usually found within two minutes of being underwater. In most cases, drowning fatalities occur after a victim has been left under water for more than 10 minutes.

Even if a child does survive a near drowning accident, they can still be left to suffer lifelong consequences, including permanent brain damage. Once a child has been submerged between four and six minutes, sadly, the damage done to the brain is usually irreparable.

Cruise ship passengers expect to be taken care of while on vacation, as they should be. As soon as travelers set foot aboard a cruise ship their lives are placed in the hands of crew members, who may not be trained to handle unexpected emergencies. The reality is cruise ships can be very dangerous vessels, and a tragic accident can happen in the blink of an eye.

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Thumbnail image for 1153472_taking_the_plunge.jpgA 5-year-old boy remained in critical condition Wednesday after falling off a 10-foot diving board at an Altamonte Springs high school.

The child had apparently joined the aquatics team and was learning to dive.

According to police, the child slid under a handrail and fell off the side of the board around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. He suffered severe head trauma after hitting the pool deck.

An estimated 13,000 diving-board related injuries occur every year that are serious enough to require emergency medical care, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Diving board injuries can happen while mounting the board, while on the board or even during a dive off the board. Despite the causes, diving board accidents can result in severe and catastrophic injuries, including:

Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Spinal Cord Injuries
• Neck and Back Injuries
• Broken Bones
• Paralysis
• Lacerations, Scrapes and Bruises

The medical care required to treat such debilitating injuries can be quite expensive. As the victim of a diving board accident on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to recover monetary damages for your losses.

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Two unrelated incidents off Fort De Soto Park at the end of April spotlight the hazards the public can face as warm spring weather moves in and people return to the water.

A 50-year-old paddle boarder has been missing since April 28 when his board was found near the north entrance of the Manatee River and his car found near Fort De Soto Park. The search has been called off, but officials still hope to locate the missing man.

The following day, a 56-year-old Clearwater woman apparently drowned in the waters near Fort De Soto’s North Beach picnic area.

While weather may not have been a factor in these two incidents, they do show people that they should exercise caution anytime they are in or near the waters, even during as placid a season as spring.

According to a Bay News 9 meteorologist, when cold fronts from winter continue to mesh with the warmer air and water spring brings, strong gusts and rip currents can be produced making it dangerous to swim or kayak or canoe or paddleboard in the open water.

Local safety experts warn the public that those erratic winds should be the top worry of anyone planning to venture into the water this spring.

Gusts of wind can create several problems for swimmers. They can create currents parallel to the shore that can carry swimmers along with them — and away from their part of the beach.

Even more perilous are strong rip currents that can sweep swimmers away from shore, and possibly fatigue those who try to fight.

Experts advise taking the following safety precautions into consideration before embarking on any water expedition:

• If operating a boat, kayak, canoe or paddleboard always make a float plan. This provides
someone with the knowledge of where you’re going and the ability to call for help if you don’t
make it back in time.

• Everyone planning a day on the water needs to check the forecast, as well as the lifeguard flags that indicate swimming conditions.

• If caught in a rip current, do not try and swim against it. Do not panic. Swim parallel until the current lessens its hold on you.

• Know and respect your limitations.

Pasco County boasts more than 30 beaches, parks and preserves that provide residents and visitors with fantastic recreational opportunities. Unfortunately accidents where people play, swim and boat can and do occur. The Florida Personal Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton advocate on behalf of victims injured in boating, swimming and water park injury cases. If your water-related accident was the result of someone else’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to compensation. At Whittel & Melton, we will aggressively fight for just compensation for your losses.

The Pasco County Personal Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you recover compensation for personal injuries, wrongful deaths and other damages resulting from:

• Jet Ski Accidents
• Accidental Drowning
• Defective Safety Equipment
• Insufficient Warnings
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Charter Boat Accidents

• Pleasure Boat Accidents
• No Lifeguard on Duty
• Poorly Trained Lifeguards
• Inadequate Swimming Pool Design
• Motel and Hotel Swimming Pool Negligence
• Water Park Injuries
Most insurance adjusters involved in water-related accidents are trained to deny claims. Don’t let insurance adjusters take advantage of the situation by settling for low amounts. When you are involved in an accident, it is important to understand that you have legal rights. At Whittel & Melton, we will seek maximum compensation for your injuries. In the event of a death, we can assist family members of a loved one pursue a wrongful death claim. While we cannot change what happened, we can help you recover financial compensation so that you can focus your efforts on healing.

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Daytona Beach Shores police confirmed a two-year-old boy drowned at a hotel pool yesterday shortly after noon. The boy was apparently surrounded by many people in the pool, but went undetected underwater for nine minutes.

The boy was whisked out of the pool and transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida where he was declared dead.

According to police, the case remains under investigation.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports six other drowning cases involving children under four have occurred this year in family swimming pools in Volusia County.

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission just released its 2011 summer snapshot of drowning and near-drowning deaths across America, which reports that since Memorial Day there have been 48 drowning fatalities and 75 near-drowning accidents in 35 states across the country. Of those states, Florida ranks second with 13 total incidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that drowning is the second leading cause of death amongst children under the age of 14.

A swimming fatality at a hotel, community, school or public pool needs to be investigated by qualified lawyers and investigators immediately. Similarly, a drowning at a neighbor’s home are frequently litigated as many communities hold homeowners responsible for safety precautions such as child access gates to prevent such events. If you feel you have an event worth investigating, call our firm immediately toll-free 866-608-5529.

When careless actions by the owners of a pool facility are carried out, tragic drowning accidents can occur to people of all ages. If you feel a negligent situation lead to the death of your loved one, contact Whittel & Melton for a free consultation to discuss the circumstances surrounding your case. We will work to establish whether the details you provide pinpoint a negligent party and then work towards gathering evidence to prove who is responsible for your family’s suffering.

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