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Rescue crews airlifted a 12-year-old boy off a Carnival cruise ship with injuries, WESH TV in Orlando reported Thursday morning.

According to the story on wesh.com, the boy fell and was injured some time Wednesday when the Carnival Sensation was at sea.

Authorities told WESH they flew the child out as a precaution, and took him to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando.

The boy has since been released from the hospital, according to the following statement from a Carnival Cruise Lines spokesperson, which was posted on wesh.com:

"On Wednesday, a 12-year-old boy was injured as a result of a trip and fall while running on board the Carnival Sensation and was evaluated and cared for by the ship's medical team and remained under their care until the ship arrived in Port Canaveral, Fla. The child was airlifted via U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to a shoreside medical facility when the Carnival Sensation arrived in Port Canaveral following a four-day cruise. The child has been released from the hospital and is returning home with his family. Carnival is providing assistance and support to the child and his family."

This is the second incident reported on board a Carnival cruise ship this week.  According to KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, a 39-year-old passenger on board the Carnival Magic fell to his death Tuesday from his cabin balcony.

KPRC reports that Chris Carter was sitting on the balcony when he fell and landed on an open deck area three levels down.  The ship had departed from Galveston on Sunday for a 7-day cruise.

Carnival Cruise Lines has also come under scrutiny this year after four ships suffered from mechanical problems and fires.

The most infamous of these was the Carnival Triumph, when an engine fire left passengers stranded at sea for five days as toilets backed up and air conditioners failed.

The negative publicity for Carnival resulted in a drop in advance bookings for 2013.

Last week, Carnival replaced its longtime CEO, Micky Arison, with Arnold W. Donald.  Donald has been a board member for twelve years.  Arison will continue to serve as chairman of the board.

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