A Singaporean boy was found drowned in the pool of a cruise ship at the Star Cruise jetty in Malaysia’s Langkawi on Monday afternoon.

Per police sources, they received a call at 7:30 PM informing a drowning incident involving a child. Although the medical team on board started resuscitation it was not successful.

The police launched an investigation on how it happened and took statements from witnesses.

Langkawi district police chief Mohammed Iqbal Ibrahim identified the victim as Heng Kai Lun Alan and said the boy was accompanied by his mother and a friend from Singapore.

According to cruise news, the body was found in the pool of 'Genting Dream' cruise ship operated by Dream Cruises when the ship docked at Langkawi. Reports said Genting Dream arrived at Langkawi on its way to Phuket, Thailand.

“Padang Matsirat Police Station received an emergency call about 7.30 pm regarding a drowning incident involving a child in the swimming pool of the cruise ship. The initial investigation found the victim drowned while bathing in the pool,” the police officer said.

The Dream Cruises' ship has a waterslide park at the main pool deck and a kids' water park as well, per website.

Iqbal said the victim’s body had been sent to the Sultanah Maliha Langkawi Hospital. According to police, the cruise ship had 3,000 passengers with cruise deals. It said the ship later sailed to Phuket at 10.30 pm in the night.

For guests on cruise trips, especially children, swimming is a pleasant recreational activity providing a low-impact workout and relaxation.

There is fun in the pool as popular swimming styles are used including side stroke, freestyle breaststroke, and backstroke. Advertisements also reflect the demand for swimming-related products like the swimsuit from Bed Bath and Beyond.

Dream Crise is based out of Singapore and operates cruises to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.

New cruise ship from Virgin Voyages

Meanwhile, Virgin Voyages owned by Richard Branson announced the addition of another ship to its burgeoning fleet.

Cruise ship
A cruise ship is pictured in the Marseille harbor on September 20, 2012. Gerard Julien/AFP/GettyImages)

According to a press release, the new ship Valiant Lady will join Virgin’s fleet in 2021.

“We are thrilled to unveil the name of our second ship Valiant Lady and to deliver on our commitment to offering travelers a sea change in how they can experience cruising in this fantastic part of the world,” noted Tom McAlpin, CEO of Virgin Voyages.

The press release by Virgin also added that Valiant Lady will be based in Barcelona and offer Mediterranean itineraries and European destinations including France and Italy.