An American college student has died after she was attacked by sharks in the Bahamas on Wednesday.
Jordan Lindsay, 21, of Torrance, California, was snorkeling on Wednesday with her family near Rose Island when she was attacked by three sharks, Deputy Commissioner Paul Rolle told reporters.
The Deputy Commissioner said Lindsay was bitten on her arms, legs, and buttocks and added that her right arm was bitten off.
Reports state that Lindsay’s family tried to warn her by shouting, but she did not hear them in time to avoid the attack. Her body was brought to shore following the encounter, and she was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Lindsay’s father, Michael, said his wife was only a few feet away when the attack occurred.
“She said it happened so fast, and no one yelled anything. My wife got to Jordan and pulled Jordan to shore by herself. The medical staff said they still had to do an autopsy. My wife said no one told her there were three sharks,” he told ABC News.
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism said in a statement that they have “issued precautionary advisories to the public” and said, “investigations are ongoing.”
Linday’s body will undergo an autopsy at Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau and later be returned to California.
A GoFundMe page set up by the family has raised more than $30,000 to pay for funeral expenses since the tragedy occurred Wednesday afternoon.
“Jordan had the most beautiful, gentle soul and she will be missed deeply,” the page states.
Lindsay was a student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she studied communications and was a student researcher for the university’s Center for Urban Resilience program.
“My heart is pounding, I cannot believe it,” neighbor Yvette Liao told reporters. “I don’t know — I don’t know how they’re gonna go through this.”