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Police Investigate As Three US Tourists Die At Popular Resort

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Police Investigate As Three US Tourists Die At Popular Resort

Police have launched an investigation after three tourists died at a popular Bahamas resort.

Two men and a woman, all of whom are American, were found dead at the Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma on Friday (6 May).

The country's acting Prime Minister confirmed the sad news, adding that another woman, also from the US, had been airlifted to a hospital in Nassau.

Chester Cooper, Exuma MP and Minister of Tourism, said that while the causes of death for the deceased have not been confirmed, they are not thought to be suspicious.

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In a statement, Mr Cooper said: "I have been regretfully informed today of the death of three American visitors, two men, and a woman, at a resort property on Exuma. 

"Another American woman has been airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital.

"I have been briefed by the commissioner of police and the resort’s executive management on the matter. I am currently in Eleuthera on ministerial business.

Three people have been found dead at the popular resort in the Bahamas. Credit: Sandals
Three people have been found dead at the popular resort in the Bahamas. Credit: Sandals
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"As I am acting in the capacity of prime minister, I have briefed Prime Minister Davis on the matter."

He went on: "Police are investigating and the cause of death is still unknown.

"However, I am advised that foul play is not suspected. I have asked Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Michael Darville to lead a delegation this evening to Exuma of Health and Wellness, Environment and Public Works officials.

"The public will be kept abreast of information as soon as it becomes available. We offer our thoughts and prayers to the families affected."

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The Royal Bahamas Police said: "On their arrival at the scene they were directed to the first villa. On entering a bedroom, they found a caucasian male laying on the ground unresponsive.

"An examination of the body was conducted, there was no signs of trauma found. The local doctor later pronounced the victim dead.

"The officers were then directed to the second villa, where they found a caucasian male slumped against the wall in a bathroom unresponsive. A caucasian female was also found in a bedroom on a bed. She too was unresponsive. Both individuals showed signs of convulsion.

"The officers examined the bodies and found no signs of trauma. The local doctor later pronounced both persons dead." 

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Police have launched an investigation into the deaths. Credit: Sandals
Police have launched an investigation into the deaths. Credit: Sandals

A Sandals spokesperson offered their condolences to the family of those involved.

The statement read: "Nothing is more important to Sandals Resorts than the safety of our guests.

"It is with deep sadness that we can confirm the passing of three guests at Emerald Bay Resort on May 6, 2022. 

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"A health emergency was initially reported and following our protocols we immediately alerted emergency medical professionals and relevant local authorities to provide support and investigate the situation.

"We are actively working to support both the investigation as well as the guests’ families in every way possible during this difficult time. 

"Out of respect for the privacy of our guests, we cannot disclose further information at this time."

Officials from the Ministry of Health are heading to the island to support the police with their investigation.

LADbible has contacted the Royal Bahamas Police for a comment.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: World News

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