Woman falls to her death aboard Carnival Cruise ship bound for Bahamas

Galtero Lara
Enero 22, 2018

A woman died on Friday after she fell from her balcony on a Carnival cruise ship in the US.

Carnival Cruise Line spokesman Vance Gulliksen confirmed the death Saturday, saying the balconies on the ship meet Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act standards, Miami Herald reports.

The woman fell the equivalent of two storeys.

And in February 2017, Kevin Wellons of Georgia fell from the 11th-floor deck of the Elation into the water while the ship was near the Bahamas.

"The ship's medical team responded immediately, but, unfortunately, she passed away", he said in a statement to the newspaper. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and her family".

The Elation was on a four-day journey to Freeport when the fall occurred, the Daily Mail reported.

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The Burdewick's said their lodge was close to that of the lady who fell.

Tampa resident Maureen La Bryer, whose daughter and son-in-law Megan and Matthew Burdewick are on the Elation, told the Herald that they texted her about the incident.

The passenger who texted her mother said the ship was held in Freeport while authorities investigated the incident. "They were taking pictures [and everything]", Megan Burdewick texted her mother, according to text messages La Bryer shared with the Herald.

The line notified Bahamian law enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Coast Guard, Jacksonville Sheriff's Department, and "are assisting these agencies as the investigation continues", Gulliksen said.

Zion Smith, 8, fell off the fifth-story deck of Glory while the ship was docked at a Miami port in October 2017.

She added that, after the fall, "There was blood everywhere".

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