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Woman’s cruise ship death fall horrifies passengers

January 24, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Passengers on a Carnival Cruise Line ship were shocked and horrified when a woman fell to her death, plunging from her cabin balcony on the ship’s new 14th deck to land with a crash on a deck below.

The ship, Carnival Elation, was on a four-day Bahamas cruise out of Florida and the woman’s gory death occurred off the coast of Freeport in the Bahamas. It greatly shocked witnesses, with one passenger saying “there was blood everywhere”.

A Carnival spokesman told the Miami Herald the ship’s medical team responded immediately, “but unfortunately, she [the victim] passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and her family.”

The woman, who has not been identified, fell two storeys, from the balcony of her stateroom on the ship’s second-highest deck (the 14th deck, named the Grand Deck) to the 11th deck (the Verandah Deck).

Carnival Elation doesn’t have a 13th deck – the number is considered unlucky.

Passengers wade ashore from blazing casino ferry. WFLA-TV image

The 14th deck, from which the woman fell, was added to the ship during a month-long dry-dock refit in October. The deck includes two Grand Vista suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, 22 junior suites, two scenic ocean-view cabins and 12 inside cabins. The previous Sundeck was moved above the Grand deck and is now deck 15.

Falling by accident to your death from a cruise ship is generally very difficult – yet in October, the Miami Herald reported that an eight-year-old girl “tiptoeing over the railing” on the fifth deck of Carnival Glory fell two storeys and died. That happened on the ship’s inside atrium as Carnival Glory arrived in Miami.

In February, a man fell overboard from the 11th deck of Carnival Elation off the coast of the Bahamas and disappeared into the sea, triggering an extensive but fruitless search.

Two weeks ago, Florida’s cruising image ran into further trouble when a shuttle vessel burst into flames while conveying patrons to the Florida casino boat Tropical Breeze. The fire led to the death of a 42-year-old woman, one of about 50 passengers who had to leap into shallow but chilly seas in the Gulf of Mexico to escape the flames.

Tropical Breeze stays at least 20km off the Florida coast, beyond the 12-mile limit to avoid state laws governing gambling. Shuttle tenders convey patrons to the ship and back.

Within four days of the accident, Tropical Breeze was again promoting its seafaring casino, advertising on its Facebook page various incentives including free boarding, USD 10 in free play credits and up to three free drinks, Casino.org reported.

Written by Peter Needham

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