Boy, 6, drowns in cruise ship's swimming pool


MIAMI - A 6-year-old Winter Garden boy drowned in a swimming pool of a cruise ship, according to Miami-Dade police.

According to investigators, Qwentyn Hunter was inside the pool with his 10-year-old brother when he was found underwater. 

Carnival Cruise Lines passengers said they immediately pulled Qwentyn from the water and tried to resuscitate him.

Passengers administered CPR until the ship's medical team arrived.

"(They) spent 20 minutes trying to revive him," said passenger Shaina Shaw. "He was fighting for his life, you could see that he was."

However, they were unsuccessful and Qwentyn was pronounced dead.

The company said in a statement that the Carnival Victory ship was on the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise on Sunday when the boy drowned.

There were not lifeguards at the pool. The ship was not required to have them. Carnival Cruise Lines said the young boy's family members were at the pool area when he drowned and that adults are responsible for supervising children under the age of 13.

The little boy was an aspiring model and had been sent out on several auditions over the past few months by a local talent agency.

A carnival spokeswoman says the company believes this is the first time a child has drowned on one of its ships.

Authorities said the incident appears to be accidental and foul play is not suspected.