Cruise Ship Drownings, Cruise Ship Law

Maritime Attorney Winkleman Asks Once Again: How Many Children Need to Die Before the Cruise Lines Place Lifeguards at its So-Called “Kid Friendly” Pools?

Michael A. Winkleman

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Michael A. Winkleman is one of the nation’s top maritime lawyers. An active trial and appellate attorney, Mr. Winkleman is also a frequent contributing expert on maritime and cruise ship law. He has made more than 100 national television appearances regarding cruise ship law.

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Cruise ship pool deckIt is with heavy hearts that our firm learned that, once again, a minor child has nearly drowned aboard a cruise ship that failed to provide lifeguards.

This past weekend, a toddler was hospitalized after a near drowning on the Carnival Splendor, while the ship was  in PortMiami.  Sadly, these cruise ship drowning accidents, are nothing new.

For years, our firm has been advocating on behalf of families that have lost a child, or nearly lost a child by drowning while onboard a cruise ships.

Believe it or not, currently, our firm has lawsuits pending against Carnival, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and Norwegian Cruise Lines for the drowning or near drowning of children on board its cruise ships.

The absence of lifeguards onboard cruise ships is undeniably once of the most important maritime safety issues facing the millions of cruise ship passengers who sail every year.  Since October 2013, roughly a dozen children have drowned or nearly drowned aboard the major Miami based cruise lines.

We have worked tirelessly, and will continue to do so, to raise public awareness about this grave danger to our children.  To this end, Attorney Winkleman has appeared on several major media programs, including the Today Show and ABC World News Tonight to discuss this very issue.  Click here to see the appearances (4/2/16 ABC World News; 4/3/15 Today Show).

Perhaps what’s even more remarkable, is that it is nearly 3 years to the day that 6 year old Qwentyn Hunter drowned onboard the Carnival Victory.

Just this week, attorney Michael Winkleman filed a complaint against Carnival Cruise Lines related to the 2013 drowning of a 6-year-old boy.   The lawsuit seeks to hold the cruise line accountable for its alleged negligent failure to provide lifeguards at its “kid friendly” pools.

Cruise Lines Can Do Better

At this point, there is no denying the fact that cruise lines are aware of the dangers that lifeguard-less pools pose to their young passengers. So why have they not stepped up to the plate to rectify this situation and prevent potential future accidents?

We can only hope and pray that this most recent incident and complaint will serve as a desperately needed wake up call to cruise lines everywhere.

We can also only hope and pray that the toddler who nearly drowned makes a full recovery.

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