A woman died on Friday after falling from the 14th floor balcony of a Carnival Cruise Line ship, landing on her the 11th floor, authorities confirm. The incident, which took place last Friday, is now being investigated by the Bahamas police.
The Carnival Elation was near Freeport, Bahamas, when the unidentified woman fell to her death, a Carnival spokesman told the Miami Herald.
The woman tragically plunged 'several decks below, ' Carnival Cruise Line spokesman Vance Gulliksen said.
An eyewitness, Megan Burdewick, told the Miami Herald: "There was blood everywhere".
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The company went on to say their thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and her family.
The cruise had departed from Jacksonville on Thursday, 18 January, and was on a four-day trip to the Bahamas, with the incident taking place when the ship was near Freeport, Bahamas.
Passengers said they were forced to stay on board for hours when they reached Nassau, Bahamas so investigators could collect evidence.
This was the second unsafe fall aboard a Carnival cruise ship over the weekend.
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The U.S. Coast Guard, Jacksonville Sheriff's Department, FBI, and Bahamian law enforcement are now assisting in the investigation. In October, eight-year-old Zion Smith fell from a deck aboard a Carnival ship docked in Miami and died.
No more details were immediately available about the circumstances of the woman's fall.
Passengers return to the Carnival cruise ship Victory prior to leaving port in Key West, Florida on February 15, 2013.
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