On Sunday, July 8th, an 18-month-old girl fell to her death from the 11th floor of the Freedom of the Seas Royal Caribbean cruise ship. The tragic accident occurred when the cruise ship was docked on San Juan, Puerto Rico. The young girl was the daughter of an officer from the South Bend, Indiana Police Department. The family was docked in Puerto Rico on Sunday after enjoying a weeklong trip through the Caribbean.
What Happened at the Royal Caribbean Dock?
The toddler and her grandfather were at the dining hall on the 11th deck of the ship when she fell. The girl and her grandfather were enjoying the view when he placed her on a ledge by a glass wall. He quickly lost his balance and lost grip of his granddaughter. As a result, she fell and died on impact. The grandfather stated that he was unaware that one of the windows in the glass wall was open.
The Puerto Rico Police Department described the family as being “in shock” after the accident occurred.
Puerto Rico’s Department of Public Safety confirmed the girl’s death soon after the fall. Royal Caribbean Cruises called the event a tragic incident and said it was supporting the family during this time. The company declined additional comments. Authorities are still interviewing the girl’s family members and are trying to locate security camera footage to help with the investigation. While investigators are determining what happened, cruise ship operators have the responsibility to ensure the safety of all passengers.
“We are deeply saddened by [the] traffic incident, and our hearts go out to the family,” said the Miami-based Royal Caribbean company.
Arnold & Itkin’s cruise ship accident attorneys will continue to follow this story as the investigation continues. Our hearts go out to the family of the young girl.