FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A child who nearly drowned in a pool while aboard the Oasis of the Seas is in critical condition at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital Sunday.
The four-year-old was with his family from Italy on a vacation and had left Port Everglades earlier in the day when the near drowning occurred.
BSO reported the child who was identified through public records as Ascanio Azzia, wandered away from his mother and she frantically searched for him.
She was unable to see him enter the pool on the 15th deck of the ship.
Officials said the child was in the current of the H2O Zone on the ship and was underwater for almost six minutes before being discovered by a person near the pool and given CPR.
“It had departed approximately an hour before from Port Everglades,” said Mike Jachles with BSO Fire Rescue. “The ship turned around and advised our firefighters they were coming back with a patient that had been revived.”
The cruise line has not commented on the incident.
BSO has ruled it an accident.
Shortly before 11:00 p.m. Saturday night, BSO completed its investigation and the ship was allowed to set sail.
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