COAST GUARD: FBI Investigates Child Death Aboard Cruise ship

Update: While the investigation about one child's death and anothers rescue aboard a cruise ship off our coast is now in the hands of the F-B-I, we're getting a first hand account from members of the rescue team called to help.

Pedro, the Marine Corps rescue helicopter from Cherry Point, was sent off the North Carolina coast on Monday to a Norwegian Cruise line ship. That's where they say a 4-year old and 6-year old child were pulled from a swimming pool.

The 6-year old was revived and transported to Carolina East in New Bern with his grandmother and a nurse from the ship. The 4-year old died at the scene.

A life lost so quickly, as Captain Gregory Weber describes: "We were told there was two patients when we took off, and when we got there, we got there as fast as humanly possible, but when we were told there was only one patient when we arrived on scene...it's pretty obvious what happened."

We checked with Vidant Wednesday morning to see if there was an update on that 6 year old boy's condition- they were not able to release any information.

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A 4-year-old child has died after being pulled from a swimming pool on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship off the North Carolina coast.

A 6-year-old boy also found in the pool Monday was revived and was flown to Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern with his grandmother and a nurse from the ship. The boy was then transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. A spokeswoman said Tuesday that the hospital was waiting for the boy's parents to arrive to approve releasing his condition.

Pedro, the Marine Corps rescue helicopter from Cherry Point, brought child to New Bern.

Norwegian says a medical team on the ship performed CPR, but the younger child died. A Norwegian spokeswoman line didn't immediately return messages Tuesday.

According to Norwegian's website, the 4,000-passenger ship is based in New York and was headed to Florida. The itinerary then had it headed to the Bahamas.

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The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued a young child, but another drowned aboard a cruise ship off our coast Monday afternoon.

The Coast Guard received the call around noon, regarding two children who may have drowned on the Norwegian Cruise Ship Breakaway.

It happened about 35 nautical miles east of Morehead City.

Coast Guard officials say the incident involved a 6 year old and a 4 year old.

Staff aboard the Breakaway were able to resuscitate the older child. The Coast Guard says the 4 year old was pronounced dead at the scene.

The older child and their grandmother, as well as a nurse from the ship, were transported by Marine Helicopter Pedro to Carteret General Hospital.

No word on the child's condition at this time, or the identity of the family.

Stay with WITN.com for updates.


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