FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Media Release Written By Broward Sheriff’s Office) — Broward Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives have determined that yesterday’s incident involving a four-year-old male aboard the Oasis of the Seas was an accident. BSO detectives conducted their on-scene investigation and confirmed that the four-year-old wandered away from his mother on the 15th deck of the ship.
The mother frantically searched for her child but was unable to see him enter a wave pool, where he was swept away and remained under water for almost six minutes, when a guest on deck motioned to a man in the pool, alerting him to the child. That man in the pool plucked the child from the water and handed him to bystanders on deck who initiated CPR until the ship’s staff took over and brought the victim to the infirmary. At some point in the infirmary, medical staff revived the child to where a pulse and blood pressure were restored. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Port Everglades units were awaiting the ship’s return and boarded at 7:37 p.m. Saturday and made patient contact. The child was transported to Broward Health Medical Center in critical condition.
The family has requested the child’s name not be published or broadcast however, pursuant to Florida’s public records laws, the name of the child is public record and being released by BSO detectives.
His name is Ascanio Azzia, 4 years, Italy. The family has also requested no information be released on the child’s condition and further request that no media attempt to make contact or approach them during this understandably, very difficult time.