About three years ago, Qwentyn Hunter, a six-year-old boy, and his parents, were heading to Miami aboard a Carnival cruise ship. One evening, before dinner, Qwentyn and his brother asked their father to take them to the cruise hot tub. The father agreed.
While at the pool, the father engaged in conversation with a friend and became distracted. In just moments, the father and his friend witnessed a person splashing in the water, only to return his son’s body. Sadly, Qwentyn suffered fatal injuries aboard the cruise ship.
After nearly a year following the death of their son, Qwentyn’s parents filed a federal lawsuit against Carnival, stating that the company participated in negligent acts and failed to provide lifeguards or adequate medical care that could have saved the life of their son.
In September 2016, New Times published a news story that addressed how many major cruise lines fail to employ lifeguards and that drownings occur as a result. Many lawyers who represent the passengers of cruise ships state that the cruise industry, which is safeguarded by an outdated 1920 law referred to as the Death on the High Seas Act cares more about the legal “bottom line” rather than the safety of passengers.
When asked about the subject, personal injury attorney Gregory S. d’Incelli stated, “The cost-benefit of employing lifeguards and taking the necessary measures to ensure safe facilities for cruise guests weighs heavily in favor of guest safety. Cruise lines should carefully consider adding lifeguards to all pool facilities to reduce the potential risks and hazards guests are exposed to.“