MIAMI (WCSC) - Investigators with the Miami-Dade Police Department say a Moncks Corner man died after falling aboard a cruise ship.
According to a MDPD report, 20-year-old Kendall Wernet of Moncks Corner, SC died Monday morning from a fall aboard a cruise ship at Miami's port.
Police say a preliminary investigation revealed that Wernet, a passenger aboard the ship, had climbed the ship's forward mast when he fell a distance equal to two decks on the ship.
Authorities say Wernet was transported to Ryder Trauma Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
A police report states that no foul play is suspected. Investigators say the death appears to be accidental.
Clemson University officials say Wernet was a student at their university.
Carnival Cruise Lines released the following statement regarding the incident:
"Earlier this morning as the Carnival Ecstasy was approaching PortMiami, a 20-year-old male guest entered a restricted area and climbed up onto the ship's forward mast. He subsequently fell and landed on the deck. He was initially treated by the ship's medical team and later transferred to a local trauma center in Miami. Unfortunately, he has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time."