8-Year-Old Girl Dies After Fall on Cruise Ship in Miami

Escorted by water-squirting tugs, the new Carnival Glory arrives in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Friday, July 11, 2003. Constructed in Monfalcone, Italy, at a cost of $500 million U.S., the 952-foot liner is to be the largest ship sailing weekly Caribbean cruises from Central Florida. It can accommodate more than 3,000 guests and is the 19th ship in the fleet of Miami, Fla.,-based Carnival Cruise Lines. Former astronaut Sally Ride is scheduled to christen the ship Monday, July 14. (Photo by Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines/HO

An 8-year-old girl died Saturday after falling from a cruise ship’s interior atrium to a lower deck, the Miami-Dade Police Department said.

The Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Glory had finished its voyage and docked at Port Miami when the child fell around 8:15 a.m., police said.

Emergency personnel transported the child to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where she died, police said.

Investigators with the police department homicide department are working with Carnival Cruise Lines to discover details of the incident, police said.

“We understand that the child may have fallen 20 or so feet from a landing,” Miami Fire-Rescue spokesman Capt. Ignatius Carroll said at a news conference, CNN affiliate WFOR reported.

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SOURCE: CNN, Ralph Ellis