“We are saddened by the loss of one of our guests in a tragic accident,” a Royal Caribbean Cruises spokesperson tells Yahoo Lifestyle of teen passenger Laurent Mercer from the Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands.
On Jan. 11, while aboard the ship Harmony of the Seas, Mercer tried to get into his eighth-floor bedroom from the balcony of a neighbor, lost his footing and fell onto the pier, according to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. The boat had been stopped in Labadee, Haiti.
“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,” read a statement from the Office of the Medical Examiner & Trauma Services of Broward County to the Sun-Sentinel.
On Sunday, the seven-day cruise returned to Port Everglades, where Mercer’s body was delivered to the county, according to the news outlet. A spokesperson for Broward County did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment.
A passenger named Jaclyn Syroney reportedly wrote on Facebook, “I was on the cruise and saw him hit the concrete dock. It was around 11:30 a.m. The workers were amazingly fast acting and tried to keep him alive, but I’m pretty sure he was dead on impact. [They] were also fast acting [in] removing his body and covering up the area so people wouldn’t see it. Royal Caribbean handled this situation with utmost respect for the passenger and the family.”
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