Brian Rice Brownsburg Indiana man plunges to his death from the balcony of a Carnival cruise ship. Investigators yet to say how man fell.
Police said he fell from a ninth-floor balcony to a deck below on the cruise, where medical staff rendered aid before the dad fatally succumbed to his injuries.
The medical examiner said Rice died from blunt force trauma, and ruled his death an accident, according to USA Today.
The cruise line said it was cooperating with authorities upon the vessel returned to the Port of Miami on Saturday.
‘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,’ Carnival said in a statement, according to the Indianapolis Star.
How did Brownsburg father fall to his death?
The fallen man’s wife, Diane told CBS4Indy, ‘… that her husband was an amazing man who would help anyone at the drop of a dime. He was the best husband and father to their twin boys’.
A GoFundMe page was launched to provide financial support to his wife and twin 3-year-old boys.
‘Anyone who knew Brian knows how easy it was to call him a friend,’ the page said. ‘He was the most generous person we knew. He’d give the shirt off his back for a stranger and drop everything to help a friend in need.’
It remained unclear how Rice came to fall from the balcony. Also unclear was whether all safety protocol was in place.
The Indiana man’s death comes after 18-month-old Chloe Weigand fatally fell July 7 from an open window on a Royal Caribbean cruise, which was docked in Puerto Rico. Her grandfather has since been charged in relation to her death, with the family now seeking to sue the cruise outfit who it blames for the toddler’s death.