Pennsylvania woman dies in Bahamas after being attacked by bull shark while snorkeling

NASSAU, BAHAMAS: A cruise ship passenger has died after being attacked by a bull shark while snorkeling with her family. The victim, a woman, was mutilated by the predator on Tuesday September 6 in the Bahamas.


The 58-year-old Pennsylvania resident was pulled from the water by her relatives and a tour operator. She was later admitted to hospital, where she died of her injuries. According to CBS News, her family believes she was attacked by a bull shark.



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Bull sharks are known for their aggressiveness and marine experts say their cannibalistic instincts help them survive in the wild. Male bull sharks are up to seven feet long, while females exceed 11 feet.

The Sun reported that, according to experts from the Florida Museum of Natural History, the last recorded shark attack in the Bahamas took place in 2018. Bahamas police spokeswoman Chief Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings said that the incident was “unfortunate”.


The woman was a passenger on the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas cruise ship, which began its journey in Florida on Sunday, September 4. The victim’s family arrived in the Bahamas on Tuesday, September 6, after which a private boat company took them to Rose Island, an island near Nassau.

The area was closed after the attack. According to The Sun, the cruise line said: “Royal Caribbean is providing support and assistance to the guest’s loved ones during this difficult time.”


In a separate incident, an unidentified diver suffered a leg injury after being bitten by a blue shark off Cornwall in southwest England. According to reports, the attack took place on July 28 near Penzance.

The unidentified woman was snorkeling with sharks on an organized trip out of Cornwall when the horrific incident happened. According to CNN, the attack would be the first of its kind in British waters since 1874, the record of the British charity Shark Trust shows. The report quotes the statement made by the spokesperson for the Maritime Coastguard Agency, who said: “HM Coastguard sent the Coastguard Rescue Team from Penzance to meet a diver who suffered a bite suspected shark. ). The swimmer is believed to have suffered a leg injury. The Coastguard team met the victim at Penzance Harbor to help hand him over to the ambulance service.


Blue Shark Snorkel Trips, which organized the tour, said in a statement on Facebook that “these occurrences are extremely rare and can be easily misunderstood.” It further read: “As we know, these things can happen when we choose to interact with wild animals in their own environment. The last thing we want is to let speculation lead the media into a world of bad press. for sharks, under any circumstances. We immediately implemented our emergency response plan, with first aid being given to the person concerned. After advice and assessment from the Coast Guard, the person got off the boat and was received further care ashore.


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