Toddler Dies After Falling Off Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship in Puerto Rico
A 19-month-old girl died after falling off the deck of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico over the weekend.
The toddler fell from the 11th floor at a height estimated to be about 150 feet. She fell onto the concrete Pan American dock II in San Juan. She was rushed to the hospital, where she was declared dead a short while later, according to Telemundo PR.
One of the girl’s grandparents lifted her to the window of the pool deck of the “Freedom of the Seas” ship, according to Primera Hora. He reportedly slipped and the baby fell out the window and onto the port below.
“We heard the family’s screams because we were close by,” a cruise ship passenger told Telemundo. “I looked when I heard the mother’s cry. That tonality, a scream of pain of that nature. It does not compare with any other scream.”
The family from Indiana was on the cruise ship with both sets of grandparents and a younger brother.
"We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s tragic incident, and our hearts go out to the family,” a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean said in a statement. “We’ve made our Care Team available to assist the family with any resources they need. Out of respect for their privacy, we do not plan to comment further on the incident."
Late Sunday afternoon, the captain of the ship announced his condolences to the family over the loudspeaker. He also announced that the ship’s departure would be delayed, pending local investigation.