Woman dies after fall on cruise ship

Published: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 10:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 10:52 p.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Investigators in Florida do not suspect foul play in the death of a Massachusetts woman who fell down stairs aboard a cruise ship.

The Broward Sheriff's Office identified the woman Monday as 47-year-old Barbara Wood of Middleborough, Mass.

The fall happened early Monday aboard the Liberty of the Seas operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises. The ship was just returning to Port Everglades from a four-night cruise that included a stop in Cozumel, Mexico.

Sheriff's investigators said Wood slipped down the stairs and hit her head at about 1:48 a.m. She had just left the ship's Catacombs nightclub.

The Broward County medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine exactly what caused her death, but it appears accidental, the sheriff's office said in a statement.

A Royal Caribbean spokeswoman said its medical personnel responded but the woman died before the ship reached port. She said the cruise line was providing support to Wood's family and friends.

"We will continue to do our very best to assist them," said spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez.

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