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The young victim, named Zion, was on a deck, located two floors above the lobby, on a Carnival cruise ship when she fell to a lower deck Saturday morning.

Police are investigating the death of an 8-year-old girl who fell from the balcony of a cruise ship that was docked in the port of Miami, WPLG-TV reports.

Police have opened an investigation into the event while the ship has resumed normal operations.

He likewise said in an announcement specialists were working intimately with Carnival Cruise Lines staff "to decide the points of interest encompassing this occurrence".

The distance she fell has not been determined, but authorities said it may have been up to 15 metres. A retired emergency medical technician who was among the first to try and save the 8-year-old says the girl's injuries were severe. "Our most heartfelt condolences are with the family at this very hard time".

She was transported to the nearby Ryder Trauma Center in "extremely critical condition", but tragically passed away.

"The ship's command immediately contacted Miami-Dade Police Department which is on site". Various travel websites showed that the Carnival Glory was scheduled to depart Saturday on another seven-night cruise to the Western Caribbean.