8-Year-Old Girl Falls to Her Death on Carnival Cruise

The ship had just completed its voyage
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2017 11:45 AM CDT
8-Year-Old Girl Falls to Her Death on Carnival Cruise
   (Monica Herndon/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

A cruise ended in tragedy Saturday morning when an 8-year-old girl fell to her death after the ship docked in Miami. CNN reports that the unnamed girl fell from the interior atrium of the Carnival Cruise Line ship Carnival Glory to a lower deck. The incident took place at about 8:15am Saturday, after the ship had completed its trip and returned to the Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami. A spokesman for the City of Miami Fire-Rescue said the girl may have fallen "20 or so feet from a landing." It's unclear what led to the fall, and homicide investigators are currently looking into the incident.

Erika Benitez of Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue said the girl was in critical condition when she arrived at Ryder Trauma Center, where she died of her injuries, ABC News reports. In a statement released Saturday, Carnival Cruise Lines spokesperson Jennifer de la Cruz said, “Our most heartfelt care and concern is with the family at this very difficult time.” (More Carnival Cruise Lines stories.)

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