Toddler falls to her death from Royal Caribbean cruise ship in Puerto Rico

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SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 29: A painter puts on finishing touches on board the “Freedom of the Seas”, the world’s largest cruise ship, docked on April 29, 2006 in Southampton, England. The flagship of the Norwegian-American company Royal Caribbean International with 1,800 rooms can accommodate up to 4,375 passengers and 1,360 crew members. It has replaced the ocean liner Queen Mary II as the world’s biggest cruise liner. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

SAN JUAN (WFLA) – An Indiana toddler died Sunday after she fell 150 feet from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico.

Telemundo PR reported the 18-month-old girl was being held by her grandfather when she slipped out of his arms and made an 11-story down the Freedom of the Seas and landed on concrete.

“(We heard) the screams of the families because we were close,” a witness told the newspaper. “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 was rushed to the hospital at about 4:30 p.m. and died a short time later.

Local investigators plan to review surveillance video and interview passengers who witnessed the incident.

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