THE BAHAMAS – Girl dies after fall on cruise ship

NASSAU – An eight-year-old Bahamian girl has died after falling from an interior balcony on a Carnival cruise ship docked at the port of Miami.

Investigators said the girl, whom The Tribune understands is Zion Smith, was on the deck of the Carnival Glory’s interior atrium, located two floors above the lobby, when she fell two storeys to a lower deck.

Emergency medical units responded and provided first aid to the child before rushing her to the Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Centre in “extremely critical condition”. She later died of her injuries.

The circumstances surrounding the child’s fatal fall remain unclear. Investigators are said to be working closely with the cruise line to try to establish exactly how the tragedy happened.

Miami Fire Rescue Captain Ignatius Carroll said while the exact distance the girl fell had not been determined, it could have been anywhere between six and 15 meters, or 20 to 50 feet.

“All we know right now is that an eight-year-old girl was injured on the ship, life saving efforts were performed by Miami Dade Fire Rescue, and when the city arrived we assisted and we brought her here to the trauma centre in extremely critical condition,” Carroll said in an interview with Local 10 WPLG.

Carnival released a brief statement expressing condolences to the girl’s family, stating: “Our most heartfelt care and concern is with the family at this very difficult time.”

Various cruise ship passengers described the initial incident and the frantic rush to try and save Zion as very traumatic.

Tyrone McKelvey told 7 News that when the tragedy happened “people started screaming, people started running everywhere”.

“When we got down we saw the body on the ground and all the blood and what not,” he added. “It was very traumatizing and devastating.”

Another passenger, Raymond Kissim told 7 News: “You heard ‘Oh my baby, oh my baby’ and when you look she was down at the bottom.”

“It happened so fast. She just fell over, that’s all I see.”

“If she had landed on the couch, she probably would’ve had a chance,” passenger Vickie Lewis said. “But she didn’t. My heart goes out to the family.”

Bob Dorr, a retired emergency management technician (EMT), who was among the first to perform CPR on Zion until the doctor arrived, said she had “severe injuries” as a result of the fall.

“She had severe injuries, that’s all I want to say,” he said. “I started doing CPR until the doctor showed up and then the doctor took over.”

According to reports, Zion’s family had just completed a seven-day cruise aboard the Carnival Glory when it arrived in Port Miami around 8:15a.m. when the tragedy occurred. The ship was reportedly scheduled to depart from Florida at 4 p.m. on Saturday and travel to the Bahamas.

Source: (Tribune 242)

22 Responses to THE BAHAMAS – Girl dies after fall on cruise ship

  1. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite October 16, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    So sorry.!

  2. Marita Simmons
    Marita Simmons October 16, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    What the hell does ‘hearting’ this mean? You’re happy with this news?

  3. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose October 16, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Since when showing pictures of deceased minors is the norm or allowed this is lowdown abhorrent behavior on your part.
    Were is the journalistic integrity and respecting the privacy of minors pictures should never be shown under any circumstance! much less their death, using her to sell or generate traffic for your paper is crass.
    Barbados today you have set a new low.But that is what shills for the DLP do hey have no class just like them. REST EASY LIL ONE say hi to the rest of the kids who have gone too soon.

    • Sonja Richards
      Sonja Richards October 16, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      What’s wrong with showing a picture of the child? It puts a face to the tragedy.

    • Kaiser Sose
      Kaiser Sose October 16, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Its crass and goes against journalistic standards ma’am. Minors pictures are never to be shown ma’am its child explotaion of the worst kind.
      No parent wants to see or hear of their child being exploited to get responses on social media and sell papers.

  4. Thunder October 16, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    My condolences to the the family of Zion Smith,may the lord,comfort you at this time!

  5. Mabel Jordan-Murray
    Mabel Jordan-Murray October 16, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Poor baby. My heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends. May God give her family the strength to deal with this tragic incident.

  6. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb October 16, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    To loose a child is so hard,but to loose a child this way is very painful,to know you went to have a vacation ,and now your child is dead,my heart breaks for this family, may God strengthen you during this very difficult time.

  7. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith October 16, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    My condolences to her family May she Rip

  8. Norman Tull
    Norman Tull October 16, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    So sad

  9. Steve Hollingsworth
    Steve Hollingsworth October 16, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Very sad.

  10. Nol Queen
    Nol Queen October 16, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    So sad,My condolences to her family,may she rest in peace.

  11. Nikky Daisley
    Nikky Daisley October 16, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    My condolences may she rest in peace

  12. Hortence Niles October 16, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    My deepest Sympathy to the entire family of this young girl at her untimely death May her soul rest in Peace

  13. Patranell Callender
    Patranell Callender October 16, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    So sad poor baby may she R.I.P. My condolences to the family

  14. Ann Christine Forte
    Ann Christine Forte October 16, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Yasmine, this is so sad.

  15. Gloria Grant
    Gloria Grant October 16, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Condolences to the family may she r.i.p

  16. Ingrid Fleming Haywood
    Ingrid Fleming Haywood October 16, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    She so pretty

  17. Wavney Rouse
    Wavney Rouse October 16, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    sooooo sad.

  18. Melva Roach
    Melva Roach October 16, 2017 at 8:53 pm



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