Woman killed by shark while snorkeling with family in Bahamas

Family of 5 arrived in Bahamas Tuesday morning via Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas ship

BAHAMAS – Authorities are investigating after a woman was killed by a shark in the Bahamas.

The victim is said to be a 58-year-old woman from Lake Erie, Pennsylvania.

Police said she was snorkeling off Rose Island, near Nassau, on Tuesday afternoon when she was attacked by a bull shark shortly before 3 p.m.

Local 10 News has learned the victim was traveling on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas cruise ship with her family and went to what officials described as a popular snorkeling area after arriving in port.

Up to seven other people were in the water snorkeling at the time of the attack, including four of her family members.

According to authorities, the victim’s relatives and the tour operators tried to rescue her, but she suffered serious injuries to the left side of her body.

In a statement, Royal Caribbean said the incident happened while on an independent shore excursion, adding that the woman passed away from her injuries at a local hospital.

Police, however, said when first responders arrived at the dock the woman was initially brought to she had “no vital signs of life.”

The victim was on a seven-night cruise that sailed from Port Canaveral.

Authorities said no one else was injured. The investigation remains ongoing.

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