Newlywed, 23, ‘critically injured’ after plunging from Carnival cruise ship balcony after drinking 10 margaritas

A NEWLYWED who drank 10 margaritas has been “critically injured” after he plunged 16ft over the railings of a cruise ship.

John ‘JT’ Holliday, 23, suffered multiple facial fractures, a lacerated spleen and bruised lungs from the fall.

John 'JT' Holliday and his new wife Amberlee were on a cruise from New Orleans to Mexico when the incident occurred early Wednesday morning
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John ‘JT’ Holliday and his new wife Amberlee were on a cruise from New Orleans to Mexico when the incident occurred early Wednesday morning[/caption]

JT had to be airlifted from the ship after he fell 64ft from the 14th to the 10th floor of the cruise ship shortly after midnight
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JT had to be airlifted from the ship after he was believed to have fallen 64ft from the 14th to the 10th floor shortly after midnight[/caption]

He and wife Amberlee had been enjoying their unlimited drinks package throughout the day, before the incident occurred.

After 10 margaritas over the course of the day they headed back to their room to sleep shortly after midnight.

But on the walk back JT disappeared and Amberlee later found him laid-on the ground of the 10th floor.

It’s believed that the fell from four floors above.

Amberlee told DailyMail.com that her husband’s face was so swollen that thought he was suffocating.

Amberlee and JT tied the knot over the weekend and set sail on the cruise ship this Monday
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Amberlee and JT tied the knot over the weekend and set sail on the cruise ship this Monday[/caption]

JT, who works as a police officer, suffered serious injuries from the fall including a laceration to his spleen, several facial fractures and bruising to his lungs
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JT, who works as a police officer, suffered serious injuries from the fall including a laceration to his spleen, several facial fractures and bruising to his lungs[/caption]

Carnival Cruise Line confirmed that JT was injured on-deck, where it was deemed that he needed further evaluation and treatment.

The US Coastguard flew him and Amberlee to a hospital in New Orleans at around 5.45am.

JT  was intubated, operated on and is expected to recover after rehabilitation.

The fractures he suffered are likely to heal on their own and he has not suffered any neurological damage.

We’ve got a bumpy road ahead, but we’ll be here in NOLA celebrating from afar

Amberlee, wife of injured John 'JT' Holliday

On social media, Amberlee explained the incident was “not at all how I thought our honeymoon cruise would end”.

She joked that they got “one hell of a VIP excursion” after being airlifted by a helicopter.

“We’ve got a bumpy road ahead, but we’ll be here in NOLA celebrating from afar,” Amberlee added.

They were aboard the Carnival Valor cruise ship heading from New Orleans to Mexico when the accident happened.

WE WERE NOT INTOXICATED

It is not currently known what caused JT to fall because no one witnessed the incident.

Amberlee maintains that despite drinking 10 cocktails the pair were not intoxicated.

The couple from Harvest, Alabama, got married over the weekend before departing for Mexico on the cruise this Monday.

They were 65-nautical miles off the coast of Venice, New Orleans, when JT was airlifted to hospital at 5.45am.

Amberlee told the DailyMail that prior to the evacuation he had drifted in and out of consciousness and was on medication.

He was able to communicate in full sentences but was shocked by what had happened.

The Carnival ship can carry 3,000 passengers and 1,200 crew members.

Amberlee explained that her husband is expected to make a full recovery after rehabilitation
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Amberlee explained that her husband is expected to make a full recovery after rehabilitation[/caption]

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JT was airlifted to a New Orleans hospital where he received surgery and other treatment. He is said to be in a stable condition[/caption]

The Carnival Valor cruise ship can carry 3,000 passengers and 1,200 crew members
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The Carnival Valor cruise ship can carry 3,000 passengers and 1,200 crew members[/caption]


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