A four-year-old child has died and a second youngster has been airlifted to hospital on board the Norwegian Breakaway, pictured here during it's inaugural visit to Bermuda last year. *File photo
A four-year-old child has died and a second youngster has been airlifted to hospital on board the Norwegian Breakaway, pictured here during it's inaugural visit to Bermuda last year. *File photo

A four-year-old child has died and a second youngster has been airlifted to hospital on board the Norwegian Breakaway.

The tragedy occurred on Monday morning on board the mega-cruise liner which visited Bermuda 22 times in 2013 for it's inaugural season.

Both children were found in an unresponsive state in the adult pool.

According to media reports the rescue occurred off the coast of North Carolina.

A Norwegian Cruise Line statement on the firm's Facebook page said: "We are extremely saddened to report that a tragedy occurred on board Norwegian Breakaway this morning.

"Our emergency medical team was called and notified that two small children were unresponsive on the pool deck. The team responded immediately and quickly administered CPR to both children.

"The older child was then airlifted by the U.S. Coast Guard to the closest medical facility, accompanied by his grandmother and a nurse from the ship. Devastatingly, the younger child passed away on board. 

"We extend our deepest sympathies to the family during this extremely difficult time and are providing full assistance and support. 

"The family is in our thoughts and prayers and we ask that you please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as well."

Breakaway was on the second day of a weeklong cruise from New York to Florida and the Bahamas.