4

Man Dies After Climbing Cruise Ship's Mast at PortMiami

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

A 20-year-old man died this morning in an apparent accident after he climbed the mast of the Carnival Ecstasy while it was docked at PortMiami.

The incident happened shortly after 7 a.m., and the as yet unidentified man visiting from North Carolina broke into a restricted area of the ship and climbed the mast. He somehow lost control and plummeted 20 feet to the deck.

The man was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead.

"Earlier this morning as the Carnival Ecstasy was approaching PortMiami, a 20-year-old male guest entered a restricted area and climbed up onto the ship's forward mast. He subsequently fell and landed on the deck. He was initially treated by the ship's medical team and later transferred to a local trauma center in Miami. Unfortunately, he has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time," Carnival said in a statement released to NBCMiami.

The Miami-Dade Police homicide department is investigating but believes the death was an accident.

The Ecstasy, one of Carnival's oldest ships, makes three- and four-day trips to the Bahamas out of PortMiami.

It's not the first time the ship has seen tragedy.

In 2007, David Ritcheson committed suicide by jumping off the ship. Ritcheson, a teenager, had been the victim of a high-profile assault incident in Texas a year earlier. Ritcheson was brutally attacked by two of his high school football teammates.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.