A mother let out a “scream of pain” as her baby daughter dropped to her death from the upper deck of a cruise ship.
The 18-month-girl plunged off the 11th floor of Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas ship and landed on concrete beneath her.
The toddler was rushed to hospital yesterday afternoon but was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.
According to horrified passengers the baby’s mother was witness to the tragic events.
“(We heard) the screams of the families because we were close,” a witness 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.”
At the time of the incident the ship was reportedly moored at the Pan American dock II in San Juan.
According to Department of Public Security official Elmer Román the grandad was playing a game with his young relative.
He slipped and fell into the window, causing the girl to fall out of his arms and through the frame, El Vocero reported.
The girl and her family, including her maternal and paternal grandparents, parents and a younger brother, are from Indiana, local outlet Primera Hora reported.
Investigators are interviewing passengers who witnessed the fall and the girl’s relatives to ascertain exactly what happened.
The captain of the ship shared his condolences over the speaker on the ship and announced that the departure of the cruise would be delayed.
Freedom of the Seas is the 15th largest passenger ship in the world and accommodates just shy of 5,000 passengers and crew.
The young girl is tragically not the first to fall from the upper decks of a cruise ship.
In 2012 a 14-month toddler fell from deck 12 to deck 11 on the Monarch of the Seas.
The ship turned back to Port Canaveral in Florida where the child wad given urgent medical attention and recovered.
A Royal Caribbean spokesperson said: “We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s tragic incident, and our hearts go out to the family.
“We’ve made our Care Team available to assist the family with any resources they need.
“Out of respect for their privacy, we do not plan to comment further on the incident.”