An American tourist was killed by a shark in the Bahamas on Tuesday.
A woman was snorkeling with a group of five to seven relatives when a bull shark attacked her just after 2 p.m. , about half a mile northwest of Rose Island, a private island off the coast of Nassau.
Authorities have not released the victim’s name, but the woman’s employer identified her as Caroline Diplacido. Her employer, Ganon University, said she was vacationing in the Bahamas with her family at the time of the attack.
“Caroline was a powerful presence of kindness and camaraderie to her colleagues, students, and the wider community, and cherished her many family ties with Ganon,” said the school’s pastor. said in a message to the university that was the project coordinator for Community and Government Relations Offices. “This news is devastating and she will miss her.”
Skippings said the woman, 58, had no vital signs after the attack.
She arrived in the Bahamas on a cruise ship Tuesday morning, Skippings said. A private tour boat took her group snorkeling off Rose Island.
The family witnessed the attack. With her tour operator, they pulled her out of the water and took her in her boat to Fort Montagu in Nassau, Skippings said.
This area was cordoned off and closed to snorkelers indefinitely.
“This is just an unfortunate situation,” Skippings said.
According to the University of Florida’s Florida Museum of Natural History, the last recorded shark attack in the Bahamas was in 2018.
They are large, can inflict serious injury, are often found where humans enter water, and have teeth designed to shear rather than hold, the museum says in an introduction to the species. said in the book.