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Published on Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Boy drowns in cruise ship pool

A 10-year old boy has drowned on a cruise ship as it docked in Langkawi, Malaysia.

Singaporean Alan Heng Kai Lun was discovered unresponsive in the swimming pool of the Genting Dream ship and died despite resuscitation attempts by the ship's medical team.

Police were alerted and an investigation is ongoing.

A pool attendant was on duty at the time, police said.

"A pool attendant and many other visitors were bathing in the pool but failed to rescue the victim. Police have recorded statements of witnesses and pool attendants to facilitate the investigation," said Langkawi district police chief Supt Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim.

"Initial investigation found the victim was believed to have drowned."

The 3,000-passenger ship was allowed to continue its journey to Phuket, Thailand, after witness statements were taken.

"Dream Cruises is saddened to confirm that the boy has passed away. Dream Cruises is cooperating with the relevant authorities on the reported incident and providing all the necessary assistance to the family members in this time of difficulty," the cruise line said.

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