Clemson student dies in fall from cruise ship’s mast

Clemson student dies in fall from cruise ship's mast (Image 1)

A 20-year-old Clemson University student from North Carolina died Monday after falling from the mast of a cruise ship.

The Miami Dade Police Department says Kendall Wernet was killed Monday morning.

Wernet went into a restricted area and climbed the Carnival Ecstasy’s forward mast, according to Carnival Cruise Line officials. He fell and landed on a deck below.

He was initially treated by the ship’s medical team and later taken to a Miami hospital where he died.

The ship was docked at Port Miami Monday morning after returning from a Caribbean cruise.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Clemson student Kendall Wernet, a junior management major from Arden, N.C.,” said Clemson University Dean of Students Shannon Finning.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends, and we stand ready to help them through this difficult time.”

The cruise line also passed on its condolences.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time,” a release stated.

Wernet’s death comes one week after another student, Tucker Hipps, was found dead in Lake Harwell after a fraternity run.  Read more about Hipps here.

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