Clemson student dies after fall from cruise ship


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Clemson University junior Kendall Wernet fell from two decks (around 25 feet) from a Carnival Cruise ship's mast and tragically passed away on Monday morning. Wernet died of blunt force trauma to his head after being rushed to the Miami trauma center.

Clemson University has released the following statement: "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 Carnival Cruise Lines also released as statement on Monday: "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."

From Wernet's Driven Vision website that he co-founded: "Kendall attends Clemson University where he majors in business management with a minor in accounting. Kendall’s entrepreneurial journey started when he was 18 years old as a freshman where he joined Young Entrepreneurs Across America, a life-changing company that helped him start a business from scratch. This was a major turning point in his life as he realized he had incredible ambition to be successful. Kendall ran his own $80,000 summer business in his hometown of Asheville, N.C. Now, at the age of 19, he has set his sights on running a business producing over a half a million in revenues."

Police say there is no foul play suspected at this time.

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