3-Year-Old Girl Injures Face After Falling From Cruise Ship Balcony
A 3-year-old girl was airlifted to a nearby hospital after she fell from a cruise ship’s balcony.
The girl was listed in stable condition on Friday, Aug. 4, according to local reports.
The Carnival Breeze was heading back to Galveston, Texas, after a cruise to the Bahamas, KTRK-TV reported.
The toddler was on the balcony when she fell off and hit the deck below.
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter airlifted the child to a Tampa, Florida, hospital. The girl sustained injuries to her face—but they didn’t indicate how bad those injuries are.
The Coast Guard District 7 helicopter was dispatched hours after the fall, arriving at the ship at around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday.
A Coast Guard pilot who responded to the accident wrote on Instagram, “Her complete left side was swollen pretty badly,” but he didn’t believe the girl’s injuries were too serious. He also posted a photo of the ship before airlifting the child, who was not named.
Carnival released a statement following the incident.
“I can confirm that yesterday afternoon on board the cruise ship Carnival Breeze, a three-year-old child fell from her stateroom balcony to an outdoor deck area one level below,” a representative for Carnival told KHOU. “She was in stable condition on board the vessel and was airlifted to Tampa as a precaution.”
“Our CareTeam has been providing assistance and support to the family,” according to the representative.
The Carnival Breeze resumed its trip and will head back to Texas on Sunday.