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 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.