Boy, 8, in critical condition after nearly drowning in pool aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ship

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NEW JERSEY — The U.S. Coast Guard says an 8-year-old boy on the Royal Caribbean "Anthem of the Seas" cruise ship is in critical condition after nearly drowning in a pool Thursday.

Crew members were alerted Thursday evening that a boy needed medical attention after he was found inside a pool, the FDNY said.

Coast Guard Senior Chief Steven Allard told the Daily News the boy had been in the water for eight to minutes before he was found. He said the boy received CPR on the ship, which changed course and sailed toward Bayonne.

The FDNY and NYPD met the cruise ship at the Bayonne port. The boy was transported by police helicopter to a hospital on Staten Island.

The ship left New York Harbor and was heading to the Caribbean at the time.

Royal Caribbean Cruises said it's providing support to the boy's family.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.