An American tourist was killed in a shark attack in the Bahamas on Tuesday. The woman was reportedly snorkeling with a group of five to seven relatives when she was attacked by a bull shark off Green Cay just after 2 p.m., Royal Bahamas Police Department Chief Chrislyn Skippings said at a news conference.
The 58-year-old from Pennsylvania was a passenger on the "Harmony of the Seas". While the cruise ship was anchored in Nassau, the family booked an excursion with a local tour operator. That led them to a popular snorkeling spot about half a mile northwest of Rose Island, a private island off Nassau.
There, the family members then had to watch as the woman was attacked by the shark.
The beach where the attack occurred has been closed according to authorities and the incident is currently under investigation.
In 2019, a 21-year-old American woman was attacked and killed by three sharks in the same place. The young woman from California suffered bites on her arms, legs and buttocks. Her right arm was completely severed in the attack. Her family had previously tried to warn her of the approaching sharks, but the woman did not hear this in time.
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Sources: CNN, NBC News, Reuters