16-Year-Old Boy Dies After Falling on Florida Cruise Ship
LABADEE, HAITI – According to an online news story published at miamiherald.com, a 16-year-old boy died January 11 after falling on a cruise ship that departed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship was currently docked in Labadee, Haiti, at the time of the incident.*
On January 11, 16-year-old Laurent Mercier, of Wallis and Futuna, France, was aboard a Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas cruise ship. The ship was scheduled for a seven-day trip through the Western Caribbean, departing from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. On the day of January 11, the ship was docked at its first stop in Haiti.
Between 11 a.m. and noon that day, Mercier was reportedly attempting to climb between two balconies on the ship. He somehow slipped during his climb and fell onto the pier next to the cruise ship. Mercier sustained critical injuries and did not survive. The Broward County Medical Examiner reported that the medical crew aboard the ship attempted life-saving measures, but Mercier had suffered major head trauma.
The ship had a capacity of 5,400 people, but it is not clear how many people were on board at the time of the incident. It is also not clear if the trip was suspended at this point. No information was provided about the boy’s parents or who had accompanied him on the cruise.
The communications manager for Royal Caribbean, Owen Torres, issued a statement after the incident saying, “We are saddened by the loss of one of our guests in a tragic accident.”
No further information about the incident has been reported at this time.
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