A 16-year-old boy who was attempting to climb into his room from the balcony of a cruise ship tripped and fell to his death last Friday.
In a statement to People, Owen Torres, Royal Caribbean's corporate communications manager, confirmed the death saying, “We are saddened by the loss of one of our guests in a tragic accident.” However, Torres did not offer any further information on him.
Speaking to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office identified the guest as Laurent Mercer.
According to the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office's statement to People, Mercer had forgotten his room key and was on the eighth floor of Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas cruise ship when he attempted to climb into his room from a nearby balcony.
At the time of Mercer's death, the ship was reportedly in the middle of a week-long Caribbean cruise and was docked at Labadee, Haiti. Mercer slipped and fell onto the pier, as per medical examiner's office who made the ruling after Mercer's body was turned over when the ship returned to Florida on Sunday. “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,” the medical examiner’s office said.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Mercer was on the seven-day cruise with his family. He hailed from Wallis and Futuna islands, a French archipelago in the South Pacific.
Having said that, this is the latest accident in a series of tragedies for the Royal Caribbean cruise line. Earlier this month, an outbreak of norovirus left 277 passengers and crew members ill. A month prior to that, a 20-year-old crew member went missing after going overboard on Christmas Day.