Cruise ship passenger killed by shark while snorkeling with family in Bahamas

A passenger, a mother in her 50s, who was on board the Royal Caribbean ship Harmony of the Seas, was attacked at Green Cay off the coast of Nassau.

While the cruise ship was docked in Nassau, the family booked a tour with a local tour company to take us to a popular snorkeling area.

Later, the family saw a shark attacking a woman and rushed to help. Skippings said her mother had suffered bites on her “upper leg.”

When the tour operator and her family put her on a boat and rushed her to the nearest dock, paramedics responded and no signs of life were reported, Skippings said.

“Royal Caribbean is providing support and assistance to our guests’ loved ones during this difficult time,” said the cruise line statement. Harmony of the Seas is currently sailing on a 7-night cruise after departing from Port Canaveral, Florida on Sunday.

Officials said the beach where the attack took place has been closed and the incident is under investigation.

shark attack continues extremely rareAccording to the International Shark Attack File, the odds of being fatally attacked by a shark remain less than 1 in 4 million.
How to survive a shark attack -- or, better yet, avoid a shark attack altogether

According to the Shark Attack File, there were 73 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks last year around the world, including 47 in the United States.

It’s unclear why sharks bite, but experts say many attacks are “wrong identity case‘ occurs in conditions of poor water visibility, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Most bites occur when humans are swimming in or near large schools of prey. Sharks may also bite because they feel threatened and are trying to protect themselves.


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