A 6-year-old boy drowned in a pool on a Carnival Cruise line while the ship was at sea.
According to the company and Miami-Dade police, the boy was in the pool with his 10-year-old brother when he went under water and did not surface. Other passengers pulled the boy from the water and tried to revive him.
The boy, Qwentyn Hunter, was from Winter Garden in Central Florida, and was one of the 3,000 passengers aboard the Carnival Victory, which was on the last stretch of a four-day cruise.
The drowning appears to be an accident. No foul play is suspected, according to police.
Once again, Carnival Cruise Lines is in the news, following a year of bad publicity.
A string of its cruise ships suffered mechanical problems and fires. One of those incidents included the Carnival Triumph, where passengers were stranded at sea for five days with no air conditioners or working toilets. The media also reported raw sewage seeping through the walls and carpets.
The Triumph catastrophe was followed by problems on three other Carnival ships: The Elation, Dream and Legend.
Carnival also owns the Costa Concordia, the Italian cruise ship that sank in 2012.
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Source: Miami Herald, "6-year-old boy drowns on Carnival cruise from Miami," Oct. 14, 2013.