How Did the Little Girl Fall Off the Cruise Ship?

By Michael Ferguson

On the night of August 1, 2013, a little girl named Chloe Wiegand fell off a cruise ship while on vacation with her family. The story of her tragic death has been making headlines all over the world.

Chloe was 18-months-old at the time, and she and her family had been on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas for a week-long Caribbean voyage when the accident happened. According to reports, Chloe’s grandfather was holding her up in front of an open window so that she could bang on it and make noise like she did at home. But what the family didn’t know is that the window was actually open, and Chloe slipped through it and fell 11 stories into the ocean below.

The cruise ship had no idea that this had happened until they received a distress call from another vessel in the area who had spotted something floating in the water. They sent out a search party but were unable to locate Chloe. It wasn’t until two days later that her body was found by rescuers near Puerto Rico.

The incident has sparked outrage among many people who believe that Royal Caribbean should have done more to prevent such an accident from happening. The investigation is still ongoing, but it’s believed that if there had been proper safety measures in place then Chloe may have been saved.


Chloe Wiegand’s death is a horrible tragedy that could have been avoided if proper safety measures were taken by Royal Caribbean. Her family will never get over this loss and their grief will remain for years to come.