Young Girl Falls 2 Decks on Cruise Ship in Port Miami

Pauline Gross
October 16, 2017

POLICE in Miami say an 8-year-old girl fell to her death Saturday from a cruise ship that had been docked there.

Carroll said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue originally received the call after 8 a.m. and Miami Fire Rescue responded to help.

"We understand that the child may have fallen 20 or so feet from a landing", Miami Fire-Rescue spokesman Capt. Ignatius Carroll said at a news conference, CNN affiliate WFOR reported.

She was transported to the nearby Ryder Trauma Center in "extremely critical condition", but tragically passed away.

"She was subsequently transferred via ambulance to a local hospital where, tragically, she succumbed to her injuries", Carnival said. It was not immediately clear what caused the fall.

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Control of the ship was returned to Carnival, and the investigation was continuing, police said.

A couple of hours after the fact, Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta announced the young lady was dead.

"Our most heartfelt care and concern is with the family at this very hard time", Carnival Cruise Lines Vice President of Corporate Communications, Jennifer de la Cruz said in a statement Saturday, Local 10 News reported. The investigators are working with Carnival Cruise Lines to obtain details of the unfortunate incident took place on the cruise ship.

A girl fell from one deck to another on the Carnival Glory cruise ship in Miami, Oct. 14, 2017.

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