Chloe Rae Margaret Wiegand Child Passenger Accidental Overboard Death – On Sunday, July 7, 2019, about 4:30 p.m, South Bend Indiana Police officer Alan Wiegand and his wife Kimberly were departing San Juan, Puerto Rico aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship Freedom of the Seas, when their 1-and-a-half-year-old toddler daughter Chloe Rae Margaret Wiegand, fell, plunging 150 feet to her death.
Chloe was aboard the cruise ship with her two siblings, parents and four grandparents.
According to the family attorney, her grandfather, Salvatore Anello put Chloe on a ledge near a window in a children’s area but was unaware that the window was open.
“Essentially her grandfather lifts her up and puts her on a railing and where he thinks that there is glass there because it’s clear, but it turns out there was no glass there,” he said. “She goes to bang on the glass as she would have at one of those hockey rinks, and the next thing you know, she’s gone.”
It is thought, Chloe was trying to bang on glass the same way she does when she’s at the ice rink watching her brother’s hockey games.
This case was updated on January 18, 2019 Cruise Bruise Blog case page has more information including a NEW video regarding this case. There has been a Fundly donation page created for the family of Chloe Rae Margaret Wiegand.
- Motion to Dismiss Wiegands v Royal Caribbean– (pdf file)
- Royal Caribbean Notice of Filing Video Footage – January 16, 2020 – (pdf file)
- Alan Wiegand and Kimberly Weigand vs Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – (pdf file)
- Fundly – Chloe Rae Margaret Wiegand
- Freedom of the Seas Live Cruise Ship Tracker
- Puerto Rico Cruise Ship Weather