A woman sailing on a Carnival Cruise Line ship from Jacksonville fell from her cabin’s balcony and died Jan. 19.
The incident occurred early morning aboard the Carnival Elation. The ship was on a four-day Bahamas cruise from Jacksonville that departed Thursday and was near Freeport, Bahamas at the time of the fall.
The woman fell from the balcony in her stateroom on the 14th deck of the ship to the 11th deck, constituting a two-story fall. The Carnival Elation doesn’t have a 13th deck.
Balconies on the ship meet Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act standards, according to reports.
This is not the first instance of someone falling from a cruise ship deck.
In October, an 8-year-old Bahamian girl who was tiptoeing over the railing on the fifth floor of the Carnival Glory fell two stories and died. In February, a Georgia man fell overboard from the 11th deck of the Carnival Elation while the ship was near the Bahamas. After searching more than 1,300 square miles, the Coast Guard called off the search for the man a day after the incident.
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