Video shows grandfather dangle Chloe Wiegand before fatal fall on cruise ship
A newly surfaced video shows the grandfather of the 18-month-old Chloe Wiegand pop his head out of a window of the 'Freedom of the Seas' and then dangle her over its ledge — contradicting his claim that he didn’t know the window was open before she fell to her death. The video shows grandfather Salvatore Anello put his head out the window for 8 seconds before picking up Chloe from the ground, according to court papers filed by Royal Caribbean in a bid to dismiss the Wiegand family’s lawsuit over the tot’s death in July. Royal Caribbean said the video shows Anello lifting his granddaughter over the wooden rail to the open window for approximately 34 seconds at which time she unfortunately fell. When he arrived at the open window, and while Chloe is on the floor, Mr. Anello leaned his upper-torso over the wooden railing and out of the window frame for approximately eight seconds. The only reasonable conclusion from the video was 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 court papers said. The tot’s family has taken legal action against the cruise line, arguing that the company failed to protect her and other vacationers from potentially dangerous open windows while the ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Anello has repeatedly denied knowing the window was open — insisting he picked up Chloe so she could bang on the glass as she would at her older brother’s hockey games. Anello also was facing criminal charges in Puerto Rico, where prosecutors have charged him with negligent homicide in the tot’s death. Report with video: https://nypost.com/2020/01/19/video-shows-grandfather-dangle-chloe-wiegand-before-fatal-fall-on-cruise-ship/
Freedom of the Seas to undergo US$116 million Royal Amplified modernisation next spring
Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom of the Seas is to undergo a US$116 million upgrade as part of the Royal Amplified fleet modernisation initiative. New onboard highlights will include glow-in-the-dark laser tag, the Splashaway Bay aqua park for young children, a renewed adults-only solarium, a three-storey-high duo of waterslides named The Perfect Storm, and a redesigned Caribbean pool area, which will have casitas, daybeds, hammocks and various other seating options. Guests will also benefit from an upgraded dining experience, such as in Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen restaurant, which will be reimagined and offer an updated menu. Royal Caribbean will also add a poolside Mexican eatery with a full-service bar named El Loco Fresh, as well as an Asia-inspired restaurant Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, which will have teppanyaki tables and a sushi bar.
Toddler fatally plunges from cruise ship in Puerto Rico
A young girl has died after falling from a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico, say local reports. On Sunday a Royal Caribbean ship was docked when the one-and-a-half year-old girl slipped from her grandfather's arms and plunged 11 floors onto the concrete on the Pan American dock II in San Juan, Telemunder PR reported. The family of eight, from Indiana, US, were holidaying on the Freedom of the Seas cruise ship when the tragic accident occurred. Later on Sunday afternoon, the captain of the ship offered his condolences to the families and announced that the ship's departure would be delayed, Primera Hora reported. Police are interviewing passengers and relatives who witnessed the tragic fall on Sunday. Local police said the accident is "very sad and tragic".Upload News