A Pennsylvania woman who took a Royal Caribbean cruise with her husband and children was horrifically bitten and killed by a bull shark while snorkeling in the Bahamas on Tuesday.
(Video Credit: 6abc Philadelphia)
The wife and mother’s identity has not been made public yet. She was snorkeling with her husband, son, and daughter when the shark attacked out of nowhere at a popular snorkeling spot near Green Cay in the northern Bahamas, according to Eyewitness News.
“The family was reportedly snorkeling in waters and that area is known for visitors to snorkel,” police stated. “It is further reported that family members observed a bull shark attacking the female.”
“It´s unfortunate,” police spokeswoman Chief Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings told NBC News. The beach where the attack occurred has now been closed indefinitely by officials.
The family identified it as a bull shark. Local media showed the husband and children grief-stricken after she was brought back to shore. Immediately after the attack, she was dragged onto a boat and whisked back to the beach.
Skippings told the media that the woman suffered injuries to her “upper extremities.”
UPDATE: Eyewitness News understands an American woman is dead following a shark attack near Green Cay. Police are currently on scene at Montague Beach. This is a developing story. pic.twitter.com/6tcWpR6JfX
— Eyewitness News Bahamas (@ewnewsbahamas) September 6, 2022
She had been snorkeling with five to seven other passengers when the shark attacked her just before 2 pm. Paramedics worked to save her but she was pronounced dead before she arrived at a local hospital.
Royal Caribbean International issued a statement that she died after arriving at a local hospital for treatment and that the company is assisting her loved ones.
According to CBS News, the woman was taking part in an independent shore excursion in Nassau and had been a passenger on Harmony of the Seas, which is on a seven-night trip after departing from Port Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday.
A woman from Pennsylvania dies following a bull shark attack in the waters around a half mile off Rose Island near Green Cay…
NASSAU| A woman has died after being attacked by a shark in the waters around a half mile off Rose Island near Green Cay where the pic.twitter.com/ANVSsGVS7x
— Bahamas Press (@Bahamaspress) September 7, 2022
This is the second shark attack in a month. In August, a British boy named Finley Downer, 8, was attacked by three sharks while his family was vacationing in the Caribbean. The sharks were drawn to where the boy was because tourists allegedly “started chucking their lunch into the water.”
The boy survived but his father said he was left with “huge chunks of flesh hanging off both legs.” He referenced the attack as being similar to the movie “Jaws.” A nurse saved the boy’s life by stemming the flow of blood and the father paid for a private plane to take the child back to a hospital for surgery.
There were two shark attacks in the Bahamas in 2019. One of them was fatal.
The fatal attack involved a Southern California college student named Jordan Lindsay, 21, who was savaged by three sharks near Rose Island which is only a half mile from where the fatal attack took place on Tuesday. She was also snorkeling with family members when she was killed.
At least 32 shark attacks have been reported in the Bahamas since 1749 according to the Florida-based International Shark Attack File.
Worldwide, there were 137 shark attacks in 2021. Seventy-three of those were reportedly unprovoked, according to the record-keeping outlet.
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