"Then she comes back and I'm experiencing what's happened," she told NBC's Today Show about two weeks after the child fell to his death on deck 11 of the Royal Caribbean cruise ship "Freedom of the Seas "
The ship was hung in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on July 7, according to José Carmona, a spokesman for the local port administration. Chloe had traveled to San Juan from the continent with her parents – Kimberly Vigand and South Bend police officer Alan Wiggand – her siblings and four grandparents.
The emotional interview that is broadcast on Monday is the first time the couple publicly talks about the tragedy. "The thing I am sticking to is her memory," says his mother. "It just radiated love, even in my short life I really believe she has changed so many lives."
The little one was with his grandfather, Sam Anello, in the ship's water park for kids ̵
"The next thing she knows has gone "said Winkelman.
But Kimberly Vigga
Sun says he blames the cruise company and wants to hold them accountable in the court, adding that "this can not happen to another family." There are a million things that could be done to do this "I never want the other mother to feel this or see what I have to see."
Irrespective of the reason, she said that these windows should not be open.
"Think of some other mechanism to make guests comfortable, instead of creating a tremendous danger to the safety that costs our child's life."
In a statement, Royal Caribbean Cruises said they were "deeply saddened by this incident, and our hearts go out to the family."
"We helped the authorities in San Juan with their investigations and they are the right people to deal with extra questions, "the statement said.
Winkleman says, "There is no doubt that this was an accident, but the only question was, were there safety measures that could be introduced and had to be introduced?"
"And if they were in place, again, there would be no tragedy," he told NBC.