Little Chloe Wiegand pictured on her father’s Facebook page.
Chloe Wiegand is the toddler who was dropped by her grandfather, Salvatore Anello, on board a Royal Caribbean ship to her death, authorities in Puerto Rico said.
According to officials in the U.S. territory, Chloe Wiegand was 18 months old at the time of her death. She had been on a family vacation with her parents, two siblings, and two sets of grandparents. The tragedy occurred on board the Freedom of the Seas ship at the Panamerican dock on July 7. The family hails from Indiana. They had boarded the ship in Puerto Rico. It had been due to depart at 8:30 p.m. local time on the day of the tragedy. Wiegand fell to her death at around 5 p.m.
1. The Family Will Remain in Puerto Rico Until the Investigation Is Complete
Facebook/Salvatore AnelloChloe Wiegand’s grandfather Salvatore Anello pictured on his Facebook page,
Puerto Rican Police Sgt. Nelson Sotelo told the Associated Press that the extended Wiegand and Anello families will remain on the island until the investigation is complete. Sgt. Sotelo described the family as being “in shock.” The AP reports that Salvatore Anello is under investigation. He is from Valparaiso, Indiana, while the rest of the family is from Granger, Indiana.
2. Chloe Wiegand Fell From the 11th Storey of the Ship
Freedom of the seas chloe wiegand
GettyFreedom of the Seas pictured in May 2006.
Port Authority spokesman Jose Carmona told CNN that the girl was in the dining hall playing with her grandfather on deck 11 of the ship when the tragedy occurred. Carmona said one window pane to the hall was open and Wiegand’s grandfather sat the girl in the window. He lost his balance which caused Wiegand to fall. Carmona said, “Sadly, she died on impact.”
3. The South Bend Police Chief Has Asked the Community to ‘Pray for the Wiegand Family’
Speaking to WSBT,
the CBS affiliate in South Bend, the South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski confirmed that Wiegand’s father is Officer Alan Wiegand. Chief Ruszkowski “asks the community to pray for the entire Wiegand family as they grieve and to respect their privacy.” The chief also disputed the story that Wiegand was held out of a window.
4. Wiegand’s Death Comes 3 Days After a Crewmember Fell From the Carnival Victory Cruise Ship
Falls from cruise ships are not unusual. On July 4, a crew member on board the Carnival Victory ship fell overboard 30 miles northwest of Cuba. A search from the U.S. Coast Guard lasted 45 hours but crews were unable to locate the 37-year-old man.
5. The Royal Caribbean Ship Left San Juan on July 8
Royal Caribbean has said that Wiegand’s death was a “tragic incident” and that the company was helping the family. In a statement, the company said, “We’ve made our Care Team available to assist the family with any resources they need. Out of respect for their privacy, we do not plan to comment further on the incident.” The ship left Puerto Rico on July 8 and was headed to St. Maarten on a new itinerary, according to SeaScanner. The ship carries more than 4,500 passengers and crew.