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Parents of toddler who fell from a Royal Caribbean ship still suing the cruise line after grandfather pleads guilty


Despite the grandfather of Chloe Wiegand pleading guilty to negligent homicide, the parents of the child are still pursuing a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean.

The parents of 18-month-old Chloe Wiegand filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean in December 2019 that alleges the cruise line was at fault because the accident was preventable.

The toddler fell to her death on Freedom of the Seas after her grandfather, Salvatore “Sam” Anello, dropped her from an open window.

The family alleges that the cruise ship company is at fault for Chloe's death, a claim the company has strongly denied. 

Michael Winkleman, an attorney for the Wiegand family, said the lawsuit against the cruise company is ongoing.

He added that discovery and evidence confirm "this was a tragic, preventable accident" and there were no grounds to bring charges against the grandfather.

Royal Caribbean released video and images in January in response to the lawsuit to prove Anello knew the window was open prior to holding his granddaughter up to it. Anello has repeatedly said that he did not know the window was open. 

"When he arrives at the open window, and while Chloe is on the floor, Mr. Anello leans his upper-torso over the wooden railing and out of the window frame for approximately eight seconds," the company said in the court filing. "Because Mr. Anello had himself leaned out the window, he was well aware that the window is open."

Royal Caribbean says Anello stayed in front of the open window and exposed Chloe to it “for approximately 34 seconds at which time she unfortunately fell."

"The only reasonable conclusion from the video is that Mr. Anello knew the window was open before picking up Chloe. He nonetheless lifted the child over the wooden rail and the open window for a considerable period, recklessly endangering her life. There was no ‘hidden danger’ — Mr. Anello knew the window was open."

The family attorney claims the photos are "misleading".

Man on Oasis of the Seas apparently jumps from cruise ship while docked in San Juan


A man from Naples, Florida was found dead after the Coast Guard found his body underwater while Oasis of the Seas was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

CBS News reports a spokesperson for the Coast Guard in San Juan said surveillance footage showed what appeared to be a "clean jump" from about 177 feet up.

Oasis of the Seas is currently chartered for an annual cruise that caters to the LGBTQ+ community, known as Atlantis. 

The Coast Guard investigation is ongoing, as they try to determine what motivated the man. 

Update 1:30pm: Royal Caribbean has issued a statement on the incident.

"We are assisting authorities with their investigation of the death of a male guest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, last evening."

"Security footage indicates the man intentionally went overboard from Oasis of the Seas. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time."

Grandfather charged in death of toddler who fell from a Royal Caribbean ship


Puerto Rican authorities have filed charges on Monday against the grandfather that raised his two-year old granddaughter up to an open window before she fell to her death.

Photo of the area near where the accident took place on deck 11 of Freedom of the Seas. Photo by Lana Windebank-Hart

Multiple local news outlets are reporting Salvatore Anello was charged with negligent manslaughter by Puerto Rico's Justice Department.

Earlier this summer, 18-month-old Chloe Wiegand fell to death aboard Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas while the ship was docked in San Juan. According to the maternal grandfather's testimony, Chloe asked be raised up by her grandfather. He put her on a rail by a window, thinking the glass would hold her. However, the window was open.

Anello is being held on $80,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on November 20.

Toddler falls to her death out of a grandfather’s grasp on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas


It appears a young child died after falling on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas while docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sunday.

Thus far, details on the incident are not clear, but the Miami Herald reports Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Public Security Elmer Roman told local media that “the grandfather took the little girl to look at the window. She fell and died."

“We haven’t interviewed everyone in the family yet,” Roman said. “We’re looking to see if there are cameras that caught what happened.”

The 18-month-old girl slipped from the grandfather's arms and fell from the eleventh deck of the cruise ship.

We reached out to Royal Caribbean for a statement on the incident. Owen Torres, Royal Caribbean corporate communications manager, issued this statement, "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."

Passenger found dead on Royal Caribbean cruise ship


Police in Bermuda responded to a report that a Royal Caribbean passenger on Grandeur of the Seas was found dead in his stateroom.  No foul play is suspected in the incident.

According to Bernews, a police spokesperson said, “At 1:40pm on August 20, 2016, police received a report of a death onboard the cruise ship, Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas which was berthed at Heritage Wharf in Dockyard.

The passenger is a 45-year old male from the United States and his death was certifies by the doctor aboard Grandeur of the Seas.

“Foul play is not suspected and the Bermuda Police Service is liaising with the relevant ship authorities.”

Child drowns on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas


There are multiple reports that unfortunately an eight year old boy drowned in a pool on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas yesterday.

Cruise Critic and Cruise Law News are reporting guests aboard Liberty of the Seas were notified that the child was spotted in the pool by another guest, at which point he was pulled from the pool and the ship's medical team performed CPR for more than 60 minutes to no avail.

In the letter to guests, Royal Caribbean stated, "We extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends.  I ask that you join us in keeping the child's family in our thoughts and prayers.".

Search ends for Royal Caribbean passenger that jumped overboard


The United States Coast Guard has ended its search for the 26 year old Canadian that jumped off Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas on Saturday.

The Coast Guard released a statement that its 3-day search for Tien Phuoc Nguyen has concluded despite efforts by Royal Caribbean and the Coast Guard to rescue him.

After being reported he was overboard, Adventure of the Seas' Captain immediately stopped the ship and began searching.  This was followed by the Coast Guard's effort as well.

Meanwhile, the FBI is trying to determine what caused Nyugen to go overboard.

"We are looking into whether he jumped, or whether it was an accident, or whether he committed suicide, or whether someone pushed him," Moises Quinones, public information officer for the FBI's San Juan Office, told ABC News.

Adventure of the Seas security cameras have video of Nguyen going overboard.

Cruise passenger jumps overboard on Adventure of the Seas


A cruise passenger on Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas who apparently jumped overboard, is the subject of a US Coast Guard search operation.

CTV News reports Royal Caribbean Cynthia Martinez said Sunday that the captain of the Adventure of the Seas stopped the ship, turned around and alerted authorities after a passenger reported seeing the person going overboard late Saturday. In a Sunday email, Martinez said footage of the incident was also captured by the ship's cameras.

A cruise passenger aboard Adventure of the Seas, known only to us as Laura, tweeted us a first-hand report.  The man is presumed dead. Adventure of the Seas spent 6 hours with the coast guard doing rescue boat missions and helicopters fly above. 

The Royal Caribbean ship was finishing a seven-night trip and returning to San Juan.

Passenger's body recovered after falling from Rhapsody of the Seas


A passenger fell overboard while on Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas cruise and in the subsequent search, the body was found.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the incident occured at 2:00am on Saturday.

Evidently Rhapsody of the Seas was about 300 nautical miles east of Brisbane when the man was seen falling from the ship.  At that time, the ship immediately turned around and life rings and marker smoke were deployed.  Rescue boats were deployed to find the person.

Rhapsody of the Seas was on a nine-night cruise of the south Pacific.

A spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean said in a written statement another passenger had witnessed the man go overboard.

The incident was also captured on the ship's CCTV system, she said.

"The ship's captain immediately stopped the ship, turned around, and alerted the local authorities including the Australian Maritime Safety Authority," the spokeswoman said.  

"...With the assistance of the Search and Rescue aircraft, the Rhapsody of the Seas was able to locate the guest however regretfully the guest was found to be deceased at the time.

"The body of the deceased has been recovered on board the Rhapsody of the Seas.

"Royal Caribbean’s care team is providing support to the guest’s family and travelling companions and our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Autopsy reveals Royal Caribbean cruise ship passenger died of natural causes


Earlier this week the FBI investigated the death of a Virginia woman that died aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Enchantment of the Seas.  An autopsy was performed on the woman and it revealed that she died of natural causes.

FBI spokesman Rich Wolf identified the woman as 64-year-old Katherine Kennedy, of Midlothian, Virginia. Wolf says Kennedy died of heart disease.

Officials were called in after Katherine's husband found her dead Sunday in her cabin aboard the cruise ship.  FBI agents were waiting when the ship arrived back in Baltimore on Monday to begin the investigation.

Wolf says Kennedy also had a laceration on her forehead, but authorities determined that she got the cut when she fell down. They said it had nothing to do with her death.