A teenage boy died after falling from an eighth-floor balcony of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Haiti last week, ABC News has reported.
According to witnesses quoted by ABC, the 16-year-old was trying to enter his room on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas cruise ship through a nearby balcony last Friday when he slipped and fell to his death.
Royal Caribbean did not offer details about the death, but its corporate communications manager, Owen Torres, confirmed that there’d been a tragedy on board, the news organisation stated.
The Broward Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Laurent Mercer of the Wallis and Futuna Islands, a French island collectivity in the South Pacific.
“The ship’s medical team responded to the pier and attempted CPR, but the [boy] had sustained major head trauma and he was pronounced dead,” at 11:42 a.m., the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office said, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Just last week it was reported that another Royal Caribbean vessel, Oasis of the Seas, cut its journey short after 475 passengers and crew members were infected with a norovirus.