American student killed by 3 sharks during vacation in the Bahamas

Jordan Lindsey was snorkelling with her family during a vacation in the Bahamas when she was attacked by three sharks.
Jordan Lindsey was snorkelling with her family during a vacation in the Bahamas when she was attacked by three sharks.PHOTO: GOFUNDME.COM

WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) - An American woman has died of injuries sustained in a shark attack in the Bahamas, the State Department said on Thursday (June 27).

Jordan Lindsey, 21, of Torrance, California, was snorkelling with her family during a vacation in the Bahamas when she was attacked by three sharks on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.

The attack near Rose Island killed Lindsey, AP said, citing Royal Bahamas Police Force Deputy Commissioner Paul Rolle. The island is a small strip of land north-east of Nassau.

The sharks bit Lindsey on the arms, legs and buttocks and detached her right arm, KABC-TV reported. Her family members yelled to warn her about the sharks but she did not hear them in time.

Lindsey was brought to shore and pronounced dead at a hospital, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism said in a statement. The ministry said another government agency "issued precautionary advisories to the public" in response to the attack.

An investigation into Lindsey's death is ongoing, the ministry said.

"We can confirm a US citizen in the Bahamas succumbed to her injuries following a shark attack on June 26," a State Department spokesman told The Washington Post in a statement.

"Out of respect for her family during this difficult time, we do not have additional information to provide."

Lindsey was a communication studies major at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the university's president, Timothy Law Snyder, said in a statement.

She was a "devoted animal lover and climate change advocate" who had transferred from Santa Monica College, Snyder said.

Lindsey participated in Loyola Marymount's entrepreneurship society and worked at its Center for Urban Resilience, among other activities.

Lindsey's family has set up a GoFundMe page seeking donations to return her body to California and for funeral expenses. As of Thursday afternoon, it had raised over US$23,000 (S$31,000) of the US$25,000 goal.


Sharks attack humans rarely and kill them even less frequently. People worldwide reported 130 interactions with sharks in 2018, University of Florida researchers found. Five of those attacks were fatal.

Multiple sharks attack people less often than single sharks, said Holly Bourbon, director of dive programmes at the National Aquarium. Sharks have a keen sense of smell, she said, and may join an attack if they smell blood in the water.

Bourbon urged people not to swim alone, or at dawn or dusk. Swimmers and divers also should avoid fishing areas and drop-offs where sharks tend to hunt, Bourbon said.

If a shark does attack, she said, the person should hit the shark's snout on sensory, gel-filled pores that often look like small, black dots. The victim also should try to claw out the shark's eyes and fight back with any supplies they have, Bourbon said.

A North Carolina teenager recently lost several fingers and part of her left leg in a shark attack off the state's coast.

Paige Winter, 17, was pulled underwater while she was swimming with her siblings. Her father jumped into the ocean and fought the shark, saving her life.