Teenager falls to his death while attempting to climb cruise ship balcony

Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas. More

Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas. More

A teenage passenger lost his footing while trying to get onto the balcony of his room aboard Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas and plummeted to his death, officials say.

A 16-year-old cruise passenger died after falling from Deck 8 of Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas ship on Friday, the Sun Sentinel reported. The boy had forgotten his access card and slipped as he attempted to leap to his room's balcony.

The Broward Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as Laurent Mercer of the Wallis and Futuna Islands, a French island collectivity in the South Pacific.

In a statement to the Sun Sentinel, the Broward Medical Examiner's Office said the ship's medical team attempted CPR, but the passenger had suffered head trauma and was declared dead at 11:42 a.m.

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A passenger named Jaclyn Syroney reportedly wrote on Facebook, "I was on the cruise and saw him hit the concrete dock".

On Sunday, the seven-day cruise returned to Port Everglades, where Mercer's body was delivered to the county, according to the news outlet. The workers were amazingly fast acting and tried to keep him alive, but I'm pretty sure he was dead on impact.

Royal Caribbean did not offer details about the death, but its corporate communications manager, Owen Torres, confirmed that there'd been a tragedy on board.

Last week, nearly 500 passengers on board the Oasis of the Seas were struck by a gastro virus while a 20-year-old crew member went overboard on Christmas Day.

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