MIAMI, Florida (CBSMiami) -What was supposed to be a fun family vacation on a Miami-based cruiseship turned into a nightmare for a Central Florida family after a6-year-old boy drowned on board the ship.
According to Detective Javier Baezof the Miami-DadePoliceDepartment, Qwentyn Hunter from Winter Garden was playing withhis 10-year old brother in a pool on board the Carnival Cruise ShipVictory on Sunday when he was spotted motionless under the water.
Passenger Shaina Shaw was one of several passengers who helped pull him from the water.
"I saw the little boy with his family, enjoying himself, and out ofnowhere I heard all of this commotion and I realized it was the samelittle boy I had seen playing with his older brother and his mother andhis father in the very shallow end of the pool," explained Shaw. "Iactually lifted the boy up, I actually helped prop his body up into theproper position so they could perform CPR," she said.
But tragically, it wasn't enough to save him. "Everyone was crying,the family was distraught. They had to pull the mother away and thefather. The father was next to his son pleading and begging his son tostay alive," explained Shaw, also crying when she recalled the moment.
"Poor family has to go on vacation with their child and have to comeback without them, it's not fair, it's not fair," said Shaw.
Carnival Cruise Line issued this statement early Monday:
"While the ship was at sea on the last leg of a four-dayCaribbean cruise, a six-year-old boy drowned in the midship pool. Hewas at the pool area with other family members at the time," Carnival Cruise Line said in the statement. "Carnivalextends its heartfelt sympathy to the family during this very difficulttime. The company's CareTeam is providing assistance and support."
The Victory docked at PortMiami early Monday morning following the weekend Caribbean cruise.