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6-year-old drowns in pool on Carnival ship


Published:   |   Updated: October 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM

MIAMI — A 6-year-old Orange County boy drowned in a pool aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship at sea.

The cruise line said in a statement that the Carnival Victory was on the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise Sunday when the boy drowned. He was at the pool area with other family members.

The ship arrived Monday morning at Port Miami. There were 3,094 guests on the ship and about 1,100 staff members.

“Carnival extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family during this very difficult time. The company’s CareTeam is providing assistance and support,” Carnival said in its statement.

The Miami-Dade Police Department identified the boy as Qwentyn Hunter, of Winter Garden.

Investigators said the boy was with his 10-year-old brother in the pool at the time. Passengers immediately pulled the boy from the water and began CPR, but the child was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the drowning appeared to be accidental and foul play was not suspected.

The Miami-based cruise company has 24 ships that attract an average of 4.5 million passengers a year.

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