An American girl fell from the deck of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship and died on Sunday. The ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a spokesman for the local Port Authority told Wanderlust Gazette.
The one-and-a-half-year-old girl was playing with her grandfather in a dining room located on deck 11, said Port Authority spokesman Jose Carmona. The dining room has large windows and a panel was open. The grandfather sat the girl in the window, lost her balance and fell.
“Unfortunately, she died on impact,” said Carmona.
The girl had traveled to San Juan from the continental United States with her parents, siblings and four grandparents.
They had recently approached the Freedom of the Seas of the Royal Caribbean, scheduled to depart on a weeklong trip at 8:30 p.m. The incident occurred around 5 p.m., according to Carmona.
Royal Caribbean Cruises said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic incident yesterday, and our hearts are with the family.” We have made our support team available to help the family with whatever resources they need. Out of respect for your privacy, we do not plan to comment further on the incident.”
Local police are still investigating the incident, which has been preliminarily determined as an accident, said Carmona.
The girl’s body was transferred to the forensic unit in San Juan.
Aaron MaCaully is a senior reporter at News Trawler, covering state and national politics, and he is a grantee with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Before joining News Trawler, Aaron worked as a freelance journalist in NYC, having been published by dozens of outlets including NPR, the Center for Media and VICE.com.