Girl, 10, Drowns in Pool Aboard Cruise Ship: Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard says it is investigating the death of a 10-year-old girl who drowned in a pool aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship off the Carolinas.

The girl died Sunday afternoon aboard the Norwegian Gem about 75 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn told The Associated Press.

Littlejohn said ship's officials reported the drowning and sailed to Port Canaveral, Florida, arriving Monday. He didn't identify the child or give further details.

The ship's medical team answered an emergency call from the pool deck Sunday and administered CPR and other care, but couldn't revive the girl, said Vanessa Picariello, a spokeswoman for Miami-based Norwegian Cruise lines, in an emailed statement.

Picariello says cruise officials are "extremely saddened" and extend "deepest sympathies to the family."

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