An American woman died after three sharks attacked her in the Bahamas Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for the Royal Bahamas Police Force. 21-year-old Jordan Lindsey, from Torrance, California, was snorkeling with her family, including her parents, when she was attacked near Rose Island, northeast of Nassau.
“The preliminary information indicates shortly after 2 p.m. an adult female was snorkeling in waters near Rose Island when she was attacked by sharks,” police said. “The woman was transported to shore and taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.”
Around 2 pm she was attacked by three sharks, Deputy Commissioner Paul Rolle told WPLG (Local10). She was bitten on her arms, legs, and buttocks and her right arm was bitten off, he added. He also said the woman’s family spotted the sharks and tried to warn the victim but their yells were not heard.
Lindsey’s body will be taken to Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau for an autopsy and then transported to California by the US Embassy, Rolle told WPLG. She was the only victim in the attack and authorities continue to investigate. The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources has issued precautionary advisories to the public.
Her younger sister, Madison Lindsey, has started a GoFundMe page to help the family with funeral costs and bringing her body back home. The page said:
“Jordan Lindsey was a beloved daughter, sister, girlfriend, and friend. On June 26, 2019, Jordan was tragically killed from a shark attack in the Bahamas. Jordan had the most beautiful, gentle soul and she will be missed deeply.”
Officials with the Bahamas government expressed their “condolences and deepest sympathies” to the victim’s family.