Cruise ship back in NJ after 8-year-old boy found unconscious inside pool

BAYONNE, N.J. (ABC NEWS) – A young boy was found unconscious inside a pool on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship “Anthem of the Seas” on Thursday evening.

The 8-year-old is currently on life-support.

The Coast Guard was notified just before 7 p.m. and the cruise ship is back at port in Bayonne, New Jersey.

The FDNY will meet the cruise ship at the port to transport the child to an area hospital. Law enforcement sources say the victim is from Netherlands, among a group of 49 vacationers. Two buses are on the way to pick up the group in Bayonne and take them to a nearby hotel.

Royal Caribbean released a statement on the incident just after 9:30 p.m. saying:

“On Thursday, June 30, an eight-year old boy on-board Anthem of the Seas was treated by the ship’s medical team after an accident in one of the ship’s swimming pools, but required additional medical attention. The ship altered its course and sailed back towards Bayonne, New Jersey for a medical evacuation. Royal Caribbean’s Care Team is providing support to the guest’s family.”

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