An American woman was killed in a shark attack while snorkeling with her family in the Bahamas on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
A family of five, from the Lake Erie area of Pennsylvania, were on a snorkeling trip in the waters northwest of Rose Island when one of them – an unnamed 58-year-old woman – was attacked by a bull shark shortly before 3 p.m. local time, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
Tour operators and family members attempted to rescue the woman but were unsuccessful, police said. The victim suffered serious injuries to the left side of his body and was transported by the tour boat to nearby Fort Montagu on the east coast of New Providence Island, where he was pronounced dead by emergency medical responders, police said.
The woman and her family had arrived in the Bahamas on Tuesday morning via Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas cruise ship, police said.
Royal Caribbean confirmed in a statement that the woman was a guest on the seven-night cruise, which departed Port Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday.
She was on an “independent shore excursion” in Nassau when she was attacked by a shark and succumbed to her injuries at a local hospital, according to the Miami-based cruise line.
“Royal Caribbean is providing support and assistance to the guest’s loved ones during this difficult time,” the company said in the statement Tuesday.
In June 2019, an American tourist snorkeling off Rose Island was killed in a shark attack. The victim, Jordan Lindsey, 21, a student at Loyola-Marymount University, died after a school of sharks attacked her.
Mina Kaji of ABC News contributed to this report.
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