Cruise ship tourist killed in shark attack while snorkeling in Bahamas

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An American tourist was killed in a shark attack in the Bahamas on Tuesday.

The woman was snorkeling with a group of five to seven relatives when a bull shark attacked her shortly after 2 p.m. in Green Cay, Royal Bahamas Police Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings said during a a press conference.

The area is about half a mile northwest of Rose Island, a private island off the coast of Nassau.

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Although authorities have not released the name of the victim, the woman’s employer identified her as Caroline DiPlacido.

The employer, Gannon University, said she was vacationing with her family in the Bahamas at the time of the attack.

“Caroline was a powerful presence of kindness and friendship to her colleagues, students and the wider community and cherished many family ties to Gannon,” the school chaplain said in a message to the university. , where DiPlacido was project coordinator for the Erie campus. community and government relations office.

“The news is devastating and will be missed.”

A boat docked off Rose Island in the Bahamas after a deadly shark attack on September 6. Credit: Mike Russell via Facebook

The woman, who officials say was 58, had no vital signs after the attack, Skippings said.

She arrived in the Bahamas on a cruise ship Tuesday morning, Skippings said. A private tour boat took his group snorkeling off Rose Island.

Family members witnessed the attack. Along with a tour operator, they pulled her from the water and took her by boat to Fort Montagu in Nassau, Skippings said.

The area has been cordoned off and closed to divers indefinitely.

“It’s just an unfortunate situation,” Skippings said.

According to the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida, the last recorded shark attack in the Bahamas was in 2018. It says bull sharks are among the most common when it comes to unprovoked attacks on animals. humans.

They are large, capable of inflicting severe injuries, commonly found in areas where humans enter water, and have teeth designed to shear rather than hold, the museum says in an introduction to the ‘species.

– Additional reporting by Dennis Romero, NBC

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