A toddler fell to her death after slipping out of her grandfather’s arms on a cruise ship which was docked in Puerto Rico.
The 19-month-old girl from Indiana plunged 150 feet from the Royal Caribbean vessel in San Juan on Sunday afternoon.
Her grandfather is believed to have slipped and fallen while holding the toddler by a window on the 11th deck of the Freedom of the Seas ship.
Horrified passengers said they had heard a ‘cry of pain’ from the girl’s mother.
‘[We heard] the screams of the families because we were close,’ a nearby passenger told Telemundo PR.
‘I looked because of the mother’s cry. That tonality, a scream of pain of that nature, does not compare with any other scream.’
The girl had a hard landing on the concrete of the Pan American dock in San Juan, and died in hospital shortly afterwards.
The child and her extended family from Indiana were vacationing together aboard the Freedom of the Seas cruise ship, operated by the Royal Caribbean cruise line.
Both her sets of grandparents, her parents and her younger brother were on board the ship at the time.
Department of Public Security official Elmer Román said the grandfather was playing a game with the child when she slipped from his arms.
The homicide division was investigating the death, he said.
‘It has not been possible to interview the family,’ he said, adding that they were being provided with medical and spiritual support.
El Vocero reported the grandfather was holding the child when he slipped and fell into the window, and the child then fell from his arms to her death.