An eight-year-old girl from Shanghai remains in critical condition after being found floating unconscious in a cruise ship swimming pool on the afternoon of August 5.
The girl and her mother, both surnamed Yang, departed from Shanghai three days before the incident on a cruise ship that would take them to Fukuoka, Japan and South Korea’s Chejudo Island.
The mother said she’d taken her daughter to play in the kiddy pool on the 14th floor of the ship and was lounging nearby when she noticed the girl was missing, Shanghai Daily reports. Tourists found her unconscious in a deeper pool, and surveillance footage showed that the girl had been struggling for some seven to nine minutes before she was discovered.
The child was put on a ventilator until the ship reached Shanghai at 3:00 a.m. the next day, and she was transferred to the local Xinhua Hospital—a total of 12 hours after the incident.
The mother said she didn’t know how her daughter got into the deeper pool. The cruise liner, Sapphire Princess, said that no life guards are on duty and parents are responsible for watching their children. Several warning signs written in Chinese are placed around the pool, it said.
The news comes nearly a year after a 29-year-old woman was found dead in a pool on the same cruise line.
Last week, we reported that a 13-year-old boy had drowned at a wave pool in Shanghai.
Drowning is the leading cause of death for children aged five to 14 in China, claiming the lives of over 12,000 kids in that age group each year, according to a 2014 WHO report.