A six-year old boy has drowned whilst enjoying a holiday aboard Carnival Victory.
Qwentyn Hunter, of Winter Garden just outside Orlando, was around the pool area on Sunday with family members, including his brother just before the accident.
Detective Javier Baez of the Miami-Dade Police Department said “the boy was apparently playing with his 10-year old brother in the pool when they suddenly found him at the bottom.
“Passengers immediately pulled the boy from the water and began CPR, but the child was pronounced dead at the scene.”
The incident occurred during the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise.
“Carnival extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family during this very difficult time. The company’s CareTeam is providing assistance and support,” Carnival said in its statement.
They also noted that they do not “have lifeguards onboard” and that “parental supervision is required for children under 13. In this case there was a parent present at the time of the incident.”
Qwentyn had been working with Ariza Talent and Modelling Agency for sixth months and had been for four auditions. Jeff Callender, the owner of the agency said “the boy had a bright future in entertainment. He was a sweet kid, very precious.”
The Miami-Dade Police is investigating, but said the drowning appears to be accidental and foul play is not suspected.
The image you see on the right was taken by passenger Deshaun Christian not long after the incident. As you can see the pool is closed and passengers seem to be wandering around in shock.
“It was a lot of chaos, people were going crazy, people were praying, they had their hands to the sky. It was a scary scene, seeing a little boy just lifeless,” Christian said. “There were a lot of adults, but why wasn’t anyone watching the kids? You’d think Carnival would have lifeguards around the pool.”
This incident comes a month after the body of a 41-year old man was found in a hot tub aboard the same ship. He too drowned.
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I think all of the cruiselines need to change there policies. If you go to a party at my house and you drink to much the law of the land states that it is my fault if you get hurt while on your way home. It is also the law of the land that if you fall and hurt yourself on or in front of my property it is my fault. They are at fault, because they need to help protect the safety and lives of there guess. I also think that the replys that i have read. You could also find yourself in the same area with your child and try to help them and be to late with a 100 percent eye watch and they die from drowning. You would not be so quick to judge the parents if that had been your child. do you all work for the cruise line?
I totally agree it is NOT Carnivals fault Where was his Mother? when my daughter was that age I was always by her side I never left her. Those pools on the ships are not very deep anyway. I hate that every time something happens its always Carnival. We have been on 8 cruises and we have always had good care and safety was always # 1. I do feel sorry for his parents and will keep them in my prayers. Maybe they should be a certain age to go in the bigger pool? just saying
Prayers indeed! BUT a parent has to watch their child in the water! Always! Especially such a little guy!!! Very sad — but for sure not the fault of Carnival. The staff has plenty to do to make a trip pleasant for everyone / they also provide certain day care services!!! Again, children MUST be supervised. NOT just in the pool area… but everywhere- it takes just one or two…. !
So sorry to hear this!
It is very difficult to understand why no one saw the boy in distress. Hopefully, pending an autopsy, the cause of death will not be a drowning.
Most people are under the assumption that there is always some “notice of distress” prior to someone drowning, but that is actually just not true. Statistics show that in the majority of incidents of drowning there is no ‘hysteria’ or distress.
I can’t believe noone noticed he was in distress before it was too late. It isn’t Carnival’s responsibility as others have stated, it is the parents responsibility to watch their children when they are in the adult pool. I’m saddened for the family who suffered this loss, but this time, it is clearly NOT Carnival’s fault.
This is no where even close to being a cruise line issue the PARENTS should have been watching there kids case closed
So sad. Yes it says no lifeguard only parent supervision. Why was the parent not looking after their child? You do not ever take your eyes off a child in the water!
This is not a cruiseline issue, so sad, but where were the parents? Accidents happen every minute of the day, we go to pools at the beach and other places, they do not have life guard, it is the parents responsibility.
i agree, there as never been a policy to employ life guards on the cruise ships , its a parents responsibility to look after there children…hard lesson learnt RIP young man
There’s hundreds of people who walk by the pool, staff included. They have people keeping an eye on the pool to discourage over crowding and rough play. It is clearly posted that there is no life guard and that parent supervision is required. There is also a kid pool that’s more shallow that does have a lifeguard. If my child were that young, my eyes would have been glued to him.
That being said, i feel so sad for his parents. My prayers are with them.