American woman killed by shark while snorkeling in the Bahamas
An American tourist was killed by a shark while on vacation in the Bahamas, according to local authorities.
The 58-year-old woman was on a snorkeling trip with her family when she was fatally mauled by a bull shark.
“It was further reported that family members saw a bull shark attacking the female,” police said, according to Reuters. Tour company employees and family members rushed to rescue the woman.
The victim, a Pennsylvania resident, was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Police say that there are injuries on his upper body.
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The woman and her family were aboard Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas cruise. According to Royal Caribbean International, it was an independent cruise.
The incident happened on Green Cay Island, half a mile from Rose Island – where a 21-year-old American woman died in a shark attack in 2019.
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Royal Caribbean International confirmed the incident to Fox News Digital.
“It’s just an unfortunate situation,” Royal Bahamas Police Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings said at a news conference.
“Royal Caribbean International is currently providing assistance and support to the guest’s loved ones,” a spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “Harmony of the Seas is currently on a 7-night cruise that departed Port Canaveral, Fla. on Sunday, September 4.”
The incident comes a month after an 8-year-old British boy was attacked by three nurse sharks in the Bahamas.
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“My son could have been killed,” said Michael Downer, the boy’s father. “It was like a scene out of Jaws.”
Reuters contributed to this report.