An American tourist has been fatally shot by a shark while on vacation in the Bahamas, according to local authorities.
The 58-year-old was on a snorkeling trip with her family when she was maimed by a shark.
“It was also reported that family members witnessed a bull shark attacking the female,” police said, according to Reuters. Tourism 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 her upper body was injured.
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The woman and her family were passengers on the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas cruise. According to Royal Caribbean International, it was an independent shore excursion.
The incident occurred off Green Cay, which is half a mile from Rose Island – where a 21-year-old American woman was killed 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 Superintendent of Police Chrislin Skippings told a news conference.
A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean International said, “Royal Caribbean International is offering support and assistance to the guest’s loved ones at this time.” “Harmony of the Seas is currently on a 7-night cruise that sailed from Port Canaveral, FL, on Sunday, September 4th.”
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 the boy’s father, Michael Downer. “It was like a scene from Jaws.”
Reuters contributed to this report.
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