According to local authorities, an American tourist was killed by a shark while on vacation in the Bahamas.
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 attack the woman,” police said, according to Reuters. The tour company employees and family rushed to rescue the woman.
The victim, a Pennsylvania resident, was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Police say he suffered injuries on his upper body.
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The woman and her family were passengers on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas cruise. According to Royal Caribbean International, this was an independent shore excursion.
The incident happened on the island of Green Key, 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 Scappings 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. “The 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.
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