(WFOR/WSVN/CNN) - A family tragedy aboard a cruise ship, a 6-year-old Florida boy drowned as frantic passengers tried to pull the boy out of the swimming pool, but it was too late.
It would be a nightmare for any parent. A family vacation turns tragic when their son drowned in a pool aboard the Carnival cruise ship "Victory" on the last leg of a four day Caribbean journey.
"I saw the little boy with his family enjoying himself. Out of nowhere I heard all of this commotion and I realized it was the same little boy that I had seen playing with his older brother and his mother and his father," Shaina Shaw said, who tried to save the boy.
The young boy was swimming with his 10-year-old brother when the cruise ship's DJ saw him struggling just before 5 p.m. on Sunday.
"The DJ announced that someone was drowning. And someone jumped in and pulled him out," Shaw said.
There were photos taken by a passenger on board that show people feverishly trying to resuscitate him.
"I actually lifted the boy up. I actually helped prop his body up in proper position so they could perform the CPR," Shaw said.
Sadly, the efforts were not enough. Police said the drowning appears to be accidental.
"Everyone was crying," Shaw said. "The family was distraught. They had to pull the mother away and the father. The father was next to his son, pleading and begging his son to stay alive."
The cruise lines said in a statement: "Carnival extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family during this very difficult time. The company's careteam is providing assistance and support."
Cruise operators are not required to have lifeguards on duty.
Although drownings aboard cruise ships are infrequent, some say this tragedy amplifies the need for safety measures.
"The best way of trying to secure the safety of young children in addition to parental supervision is to have someone there as a lifeguard who's going to focus on the children who are using the pool," said Andrew Waks, a Miami cruise injury attorney.
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