Toddler plunges to death 'after slipping from grandfather's arms on cruise ship'

A one-and-a-half-year-old child has died after falling from the 11th floor of a cruise ship.

The Freedom of the Seas, part of the Royal Caribbean company, was reportedly docked in San Juan when the toddler fell at around 4:30pm.

Local publication Primera Hora reports the girl fell from the 11th floor, hit the boat and then hit the pavement.

The family of the toddler is reportedly from the US state of Indiana. The toddler’s parents and younger brother were onboard, as well as both maternal and paternal grandparents.

A toddler has fallen to its death from a cruise ship. Source: AP / Getty Images

It is understood one of the grandfathers was holding the child when she slipped from his arms.

Crew members and passengers were moved to an area far from the scene to allow the investigation to continue.

Prosecutors are conducting interviews and the Department of Public Security has confirmed the Division of Homicide is in place.

Arrangements are being made to obtain security footage.

The captain announced through the loud speaker the cruise ship would be delayed upon departure and offered his condolences to the family.

The investigation is ongoing.

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