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Old 04-10-2013, 08:00 PM   #211
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I've been thinking about this too. There must have been some parents, anyone, who WAS watching their children and the pool. I haven't heard if he was clothed, or in a swimsuit, but I just don't understand how he could get in without anyone seeing anything.
I was saying this exact thing to my husband today. Even if his parents weren't around how is it that NO ONE saw him. Surely there were parents right there watching, maybe even in the pool. It is very scary to me. We leave on our first Disney cruise Tuesday and I have a son who will be 4 in June. Don't think we will be gettin in the pool, sounds way too crowded.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:13 PM   #212
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We leave on our first Disney cruise Tuesday and I have a son who will be 4 in June. Don't think we will be gettin in the pool, sounds way too crowded.
I'm sure you'lll be fine. There is a small play pool for the youngest children. And that happened at the peak of Spring Break, so I'm sure it was full capacity, whereas most families should be back at work and school so it shouldn't be as crowded.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:22 PM   #213
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I was saying this exact thing to my husband today. Even if his parents weren't around how is it that NO ONE saw him. Surely there were parents right there watching, maybe even in the pool. It is very scary to me. We leave on our first Disney cruise Tuesday and I have a son who will be 4 in June. Don't think we will be gettin in the pool, sounds way too crowded.
I was at the pool with him son at the time - he was in the pool and I was on the edge. Chase was in a swimsuit when he was pulled out. I do think that a fully clothed child who wandered into the water would have caught my eye. But a child in a swimsuit - just doesn't catch your attention, because there are tons of kids there, and there's no way to know what kid belongs to what parent.

But like someone else said earlier, there most likely wasn't anything to see. He could have looked like a child dipping under the water to swim, only he never resurfaced. Unless there was someone specifically watching him, I think no one would notice a thing. Between the crowdedness and the color of the pool itself (its dark blue I think?), you can't really see down in the water.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:36 PM   #214
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Yes you're right, I can see where that could happen very easily. It is just so sad.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:17 PM   #215
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The following was posted yesterday on another Disney message board; it was written by a relative of the family and is in response to the negative remarks that were on the thread. They do also give thanks to those who have been supportive:

Shame on you....shame on all of you who have passed judgment on people you don't know, and a situation you were nowhere near. I am a relative of this family and until now, I thought people like you were not worth the time and effort to give a response. This was a terrible, tragic ACCIDENT, that is all. Sorry to disappoint you and give you nothing to gossip about to others. Chase's parents are two of the most God-loving, diligent parents I know, who are deeply involved in every aspect of their children's' lives. Do you understand that if they were doing the things you accuse them of, such as drinking and not being watchful, that the authorities would have acted on this? If all of you are such avid cruisers as you claim, you would certainly know that when a ship leaves port, there are thousands of people on the upper decks, swimming, drinking, tanning, and taking in the whole experience. Chase was a sweet and active little four-year old boy who slipped away from his parents and got lost in the crowd. They didn't just "suddenly become aware" that he was missing when he had been pulled from the pool. They didn't allow him to go into a pool without them. They didn't leave the two older siblings to watch him. The truth is that they had been searching for him that ENTIRE time he was missing!!! Can you imagine the panic and fear any parent would feel during that time? Another item to point out, Chase was believed to have been underwater for 10-15 minutes and not a single person, staff or guest, noticed. NOT ONE!!! Does this not clearly point out the large number of people and commotion in that area at the time of the accident?? Chase fought for his life and survived. He now has a long battle ahead of him with a grim outlook. People like you are not helping the cause. I believe in the power of voicing opinions and the internet. You are entitled to your "opinion" but just as human beings, I beg you to be responsible about the things you say. I pray to God that they never see the horrible things posted on this thread. For those of you who supported them this last week, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:22 PM   #216
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Thanks Jenny for posting this!
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:25 PM   #217
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I know that obviously everyone posting on the facebook and caring bridge page are not from DIS, but please do not go to those pages and post negativity and argue with each other. Regardless of what happened this child's family has enough to deal with without the drama and blaming! It comes back to the old tried and true adage of if you can't say anything nice please don't say anything.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:28 PM   #218
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Again that pit in my stomach feeling as I read those details and know the chaos and commotion. There are really no words that can express my empathy for his parents, siblings, and also fellow passengers who witnessed the incident or were simply on deck. It will take a lot of time for all involved to get to a point of healing.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:32 PM   #219
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I agree with only posting positive support after such a tragic accident. Disney was created with love and any parent who takes the effort to plan such a vacation does so with love. Let's respond accordingly.
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My heart grieves for this family. Life is very fragile and so precious.
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I feel nothing but pure compassion and empathy for the parents and the people who witnessed the accident. And poor Chase. What was supposed to be a happy time turned into something that has changed everyone's lives. I hope that a silver lining to come out of this, is that more people will be aware and a bit more attentive near the pools. I just ache for this family.
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Oh no. He was under for 10-15 minutes?!?! Awww man...... (sigh)......

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I can't imagine trying to assign blame after such a horrible, tragic accident. It could have happened to any of us. Knowing that the family was frantically searching for their missing child for so long, and knowing how this ended, absolutely breaks my heart. If there is a silver lining to all of this, perhaps each and every single one of us will be more aware and watchful near the pools.

It is clear at this point that the pool was just too full to actually see Chase. Is there a posted capacity limit in the DCL pools?
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:18 PM   #224
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Lifeguards should be at every pool. they are trained to spot children and people in distress. People on vacation are not trained nor are paying attention enough (focusing on their own kids) to spot a drowning. This cruise is a premium line that caters to young kids especially. To not have trained staff at the pool is absurd. No one should be on a Disney cruise and expect their child to get seriously hurt. I pray chase makes a full recovery and that his parents can put this behind them.
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The letter is heart-wrenching, to say the least. That he was under water for 10-15 minutes and survived at all is a miracle in itself. What was to be one of the happiest and memorable times in their lives has now turned into a tragedy for the rest of their lives. I think about their pain throughout the day. Only their faith can get them through this. I am sure I have seen lifeguards on the ship, is it only near the slide and Aquaduck?
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