Cruise ship passenger dies after falling four stories from a balcony

A passenger on Carnival Cruise Line’s biggest ship died after falling four stories from a balcony as the boat was returning to a port in Miami on Friday. 

The man, who was identified as Brian Rice, fell from a balcony on the ninth deck of the Carnival Horizon to the fifth, a public information officer from the Miami-Dade Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE.

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Medical staff on board attended to Rice, but he later died from his injuries.

Darren J. Caprara, director of operations of the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department, told USA Today that Rice died from a blunt force trauma injury.

Authorities arrived on the scene once the boat docked in Miami. Rice's death is being ruled an accident, but an investigation is still underway. 

Carnival Horizon is a 3,974-passenger vessel that just made its maiden voyage in 2018. This particular trip was a six-day, round-trip cruise around the Western Caribbean. The ship made stops in Mexico, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica before returning to Miami, PEOPLE reported. 

A Carnival spokesperson said they are providing support for Rice's family and expressed condolences. 

"Our CareTeam continues to provide support to the guest’s family and we cooperated with the standard law enforcement investigation when the ship arrived to PortMiami on Saturday morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the guest’s family," the spokesperson said in a statement. 

This isn't the first time a passenger has fallen from a cruise deck. Earlier this year, a toddler slipped from her grandfather's arms on the 11th floor of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship and fell 150 feet to her death.

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