Teen Dies in Fall From Cruise Ship

He tried to climb into room from balcony
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 16, 2019 1:22 AM CST
FILE - In this May 17, 2016 file photo, the world's largest passenger ship, MS Harmony of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean, makes her way up Southampton Water into Southampton, England. A crewmember...   (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP, file)
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(Newser) – A teenager from the South Pacific died after falling from a cruise ship onto a pier in Haiti, officials say. The Broward Medical Examiner's Office in Florida on Monday announced 16-year-old Laurent Mercer's death, the Sun Sentinel reports. He'd been on a seven-day Caribbean trip with his family when he died Friday. Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas was docked at Labadee, Haiti, where the company owns a private beach. Officials say Mercer, who apparently didn't have his room card, attempted to enter his eighth-floor room from an adjacent balcony but lost his footing and fell. The body was turned over to the Broward Medical Examiner's Office when the ship returned Sunday to Port Everglades. The teen was from the French island collectivity Wallis and Futuna, the AP reports. (When it set sail in 2016, the Harmony of the Seas was the world's biggest cruise ship.)

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