16-Year-Old Boy Falls to Death From Cruise Ship Balcony While Trying to Access His Room: Reports
The teen slipped trying to climb from one balcony to another because he did not have a keycard to get into his room.
A 16-year-old boy fell to his death from an eighth-floor balcony of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship while trying to get into his family’s room, according to multiple reports.
The teen, identified in reports as Laurent Mercer, slipped Friday trying to climb from one balcony to another because he did not have a keycard to get into his room. He lost his footing and fell onto the pier below, the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement to the Sun Sentinel.
The medical team aboard the ship attempted CPR, but the teen suffered head trauma and was declared dead at 11:42 a.m., the medical examiner’s office said.
Mercer and his family were vacationing aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, a 5,400-passenger ship that was docked in Labadee, Haiti. The stop was the ship’s first during a seven-day Western Caribbean voyage that set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Mercer was originally from Wallis and Futuna, a French island territory in the South Pacific, the Sentinel reported.
“We are saddened by the loss of one our guests in a tragic accident,’’ Royal Caribbean said in a statement to the Miami Herald.
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