An eight-year-old boy has drowned in a swimming pool onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise liner, the Liberty of the Seas. He was given CPR for more than an hour by the cruise ship's medical team but they were unable to revive him. Royal Caribbean has released a statement, which reads: 'We extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of an eight-year-old boy who drowned onboard Liberty of the Seas in one of the ship's swimming pools.
'On Monday afternoon, the boy was spotted and pulled out of the pool by a guest. Our medical team quickly responded and attempted resuscitation for more than 60 minutes, but were sadly unable to revive him. We ask respect for the family's privacy. We ask that you join us in keeping the child and his family in your thoughts and prayers.'
The boy's identity and nationality have not yet been released. Many cruise ships do not have lifeguards stationed at their pools. Signs are always posted that warn passengers to swim at their own risk.
The Liberty of the Seas, which departed from Galveston, Texas on December 20, is currently on a seven-night western Caribbean voyage.
By NICK ENOCH FOR MAILONLINE
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