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Family of girl killed in cruise ship fall to return home

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We might even get a third story before its finally decided what actually happened. First the press insisted she fell out of her grandmother's hands from a balcony. Now the story is she fell out an open window while in the care of her grandfather. Its amazing journalists can even keep their jobs like this, but somehow, they do. I would probably never make it running a news media organization because by the looks of it, competent journalists are either impossible to find or not appreciated by the readers.

Anyway it sounds like the grandfather is totally at fault here. Ship windows open for a reason. You don't put kids on ledges in the first place and if you do, you don't watch from a distance. Even if the windows were latched, kids have hands and can unlatch them.

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It is a terrible tragedy, but people off on a cruise vacation, are more focused on fun, than safety. I remember one cruise I took, they had drinks before dinner, then a bottle of champagne with dinner, then a reception at a disco bar with even more free drinks. I had to wave the staff off, no more drinks. Getting blasted on a cruise ship is not a good idea, because you are more susceptible to dangerous accidents on a ship. But when you are on vacation, common sense often evaporates. I am not blaming anyone, these things happen. We're all human and make mistakes. I pray for the family and their tragic loss. God be with you!

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So, Gramps accidentally (or not) defenestrates his nephew, and the family plan to sue the ship as the window wasn't closed? Are they for real? Why wasn't he arrested?

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how this family can be this careless ? do they understand what having kids mean ? sometimes you wonder why they have kids that they cant take care of them, what a nightmare family

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This sounds like a GoFundMe adventure. Poor kid.

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Goodness what a tragedy. But, to sue the ship? It was a tragedy but to drag it through the court for money. Grieve and time will heal.

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I've cruised on that exact ship. I don't remember the "kid's water zone" specifically, but there is safety plexiglass every where someone should be.

This is a terrible accident. I can't see how the cruise line would be responsible.

https://www.tripsavvy.com/royal-caribbean-freedom-of-the-seas-4119825 has some photos of the H2O Zone, which is probably the area. This ship is for extended families with lots entertainment for all ages. When I cruised, alcohol was not included, except 1-2 glasses of wine with the formal diners.

Pro Tip: If you cruise on this sort of ship, arrive as early as possible on departure day with your swimsuit and get to the Flowrider or Rock Wall ASAP before any lines start. The flowrider takes a little practice. All the fun stuff is open while in port.

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training their 18 month old daughter to “band on the glass” at a hockey game was their first mistake.

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Terrible tragedy. Can you imagine the pain and grief the family is going through?

It seems not.

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Strangerland If they reported differently, it would not have been a mistake. If they heard a story from a poor source, they should admit that clearly in the article, such as "One woman we talked to, who was not a witness to the accident, heard from another passenger that the girl slipped from her grandmother's arms and fell off a balcony. But we have been unable to confirm that rumor. " But they didn't do that. They reported it as fact and they do this all the time. Its very irresponsible.

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Here's what the window looks like

From the outside:

https://i2.wp.com/metro.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/PRI_75025737.jpg

From the inside:

https://media.my9nj.com/media.my9nj.com/photo/2019/07/09/Chloe%20side%20by%20side_1562702903015.jpg_7495803_ver1.0_640_360.jpg

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Looking at those pics, it's pretty easy to see how one could think there is a window there.

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