On Saturday, October 14, 2017, Zion Smith, 8, (see video below) from Nassau, Bahamas had been sailing on 7-night Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Glory when she fell to her death just before disembarking the cruise ship around 0815 hours that morning.
Zion Smith, her little brother, her mother Alisha Smith, mother’s boy friend, the boyfriend’s brother and other family members were preparing to disembark Carnival Glory. That is when things went terribly wrong. According to numerous media reports, Zion was allegedly looking at passengers disembarking on a lower deck interior atrium near a railing with her baby brother, when she stood on “her tippy toes” to look over the railing near the elevator and tumbled two decks, landing on her head and suffering a traumatic brain injury.
She died from her injuries later that day at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.
Numerous media sources reported family member Damien Fox reportedly said some of the family members who were on the trip said they believe “as an elevator door opened, several people were pushing and shoving to get out, and that may have caused Zion to fall over the railing.” He said no matter what, the family will be pursuing some sort of legal action.
That said, Zion was only 8-years-old. The average height for an 8-year-old girl is 50 inches. It would be nearly impossible for her to stand on her “tippy toes” and fall from the interior deck over the glass-enclosed railing, which according to Carnival is an estimated at 40 inches high.
We wondered, if as widely reported, Zion was standing near the railing with her “little brother”, why wasn’t an adult standing within arm’s reach of the two children?
It is highly unlikely that passengers pushing and shoving as they exited the elevator, may have accidentally bumped her, possibly catapulting her over the railing. There are no reports of such a catapulting taking place at this time.
However, after we posted this case on our Cruise Ship Deaths website, one of our visitors offered an alternative explanation, ” I was on the ship. After the fall. The railing she went over it hit me at my chest. The young girl crawl up and went over. It is around from the elevators. Not in front. She wasn’t pushed over as they are saying. The mother wasn’t watching her. There’s no other way to fall over even for me unless you climb up to the top of the railing. Very sad that it happened. But parents we have to watch our babies at all times“.
Carnival Glory embarked from Miami, Florida on Saturday October 7. The cruise ship called at Grand Cayman, Honduras, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico before returning to Miami.
If the family files a legal action against Carnival, Cruise Bruise will investigate further and post the court documents here. Watch this space.
This is the sixth time in recent years a child has died as a result of injuries sustained aboard a cruise ship, simply because the parent let the child get beyond their reach and out of his/her sight.
Recent Parenting Failure Child Cruise Ship Deaths :
- July 2, 2016: Prince Adepoju, Age 8 – Child Passenger Pool Drowning Death
- December 21, 2015: Ricky Tung Nguyen, Age 8 – Child Passenger Pool Drowning Death
- May 17, 2015: Katelyn A. Blair, Age 10 – Child Passenger Pool Drowning Death
- February 3, 2014: Dante Curtis, Age 4 – Child Passenger Pool Drowning Death
- October 13, 2013; Qwentyn Hunter, Age 6 – Child Passenger Pool Drowning
- Cruise Ship Deaths – Zion Smith
- Carnival Glory Cruise Ship Schedule
- Carnival Glory Cruise Ship Tracker
Video: Girl dies after falling from cruise ship deck at Port Miami