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Four-Year-Old Nearly Drowns on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas Cruise Ship

A spokesman for the Broward Sheriff's office said officers responded to a medical emergency call from Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas.
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A four-year-old boy has been hospitalized in intensive care after nearly drowning in a cruise-ship wave pool, officials said Sunday. Mike Jachles, a spokesman for Broward County, Florida, Fire and Rescue, told NBC News that firefighters and paramedics responded to a medical emergency call Saturday from Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas after a passenger on the ship's upper deck saw a 4-year-old boy submerged in the wave pool. The Broward Sheriff's Office Special Victims Unit ruled the near-fatal incident an accident, saying an investigation showed he wandered away from his mother. The boy was under water for nearly six minutes before he was rescued, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

A bystander in the pool pulled the unconscious boy from the water, and people outside the pool began CPR, the statement said. The boy was revived and treated by the ship's medical team, which decided the patient needed more care, the sheriff's office added. Jachles said the patient was brought from the Port Everglades cruise and cargo seaport in Fort Lauderdale, to Broward Health Medical Center where he is currently in intensive care. Broward Sheriff's Office deputies and detectives conducted an investigation on board the ship before it was allowed to set sail again, he added. Royal Caribbean said in a statement that they are providing support to the boy’s family. The cruise is scheduled to last seven days.


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