Huntsville Officer Fell Approximately 16 Feet Aboard Carnival Valor is reporting more information about the Huntsville, Alabama police officer who fell and injured himself aboard a cruise ship last week.

23-year-old John Holliday was sailing aboard the Carnival Valor cruise ship last Thursday and was injured after falling from a railing on which he was sitting, the report says. Holliday reportedly fell backward from a higher to a lower deck of the ship, a fall of approximately 16 feet. 

Holliday was critically injured in the fall and had to be airlifted to a New Orleans area hospital for urgent treatment. He was injured while the Valor was about 65 nautical miles from the Louisiana shore. 

Though Holliday was left in critical condition, reports indicate that he is expected to live.