American Tourist Killed in Shark Attack on Vacation

( – An American woman who was paddleboarding in the Bahamas has been killed by a shark, local police have said.

The 44-year-old from Boston, who has not been identified, was attacked just under a mile away from the coast of New Providence Island, home to the country’s capital of Nassau. A male relative who was with the woman at the time escaped uninjured.

Hours after the attack on Monday, December 4th, a spokesperson for the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Sgt. Desiree Ferguson said that a lifeguard based at the nearby Sandals resort had witnessed the incident and rushed to help. CPR was administered to the victim once she was brought back to the shore, although she was declared dead at the scene.

The victim suffered serious injuries on one side of her body, including her right hip region and upper limb. It is unclear what type of shark attacked the 44-year-old.

Local media has reported that the woman was a newlywed, although this has not been confirmed by police. A local jet ski operator told the Nassau Guardian that he saw the shark pull the paddleboard underwater, which was in the area for several minutes.

Unprovoked shark attacks are not common, with 57 reported across the world in 2022 according to the International Shark Attack File. Just over a third of attacks involved surfers and other board sports, while 43% featured swimmers and waders.

The odds of being killed by a shark are approximately 1 in 4.3 million, and only five to six people – mostly in Australia – are killed on average every year.

The Bahamas has only seen 32 unprovoked shark attacks reported since 1749, according to the file. However, there have been several incidents in the island nation in 2023.

In November, a 47-year-old German woman disappeared after encountering a shark. Just months earlier, another U.S. woman was required to have her leg amputated after being attacked while scuba diving.

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