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American tourist Caroline DiPlacido killed in a shark attack at Green Cay Bahama

A shark attacked and killed a cruise ship passenger who was snorkeling in the Bahamas.

A bull shark attacked Caroline DiPlacido while she was snorkeling in the Bahamas.

On Tuesday, a shark killed an American tourist in the Bahamas.

At a news conference, Royal Bahamas Police Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings said that the woman was snorkeling with five to seven relatives when she was attacked by a bull shark at Green Cay around 2:00 p.m.

About a half mile to the northwest of Rose Island, a private island near Nassau, is this area.

The victim's name has not been released by the police, but the woman's boss said her name was Caroline DiPlacido.

After a deadly shark attack on September 6, a boat docked near Rose Island in the Bahamas.
After a deadly shark attack on September 6, a boat docked near Rose Island in the Bahamas.

Gannon University, where she worked, said that at the time of the attack, she was on vacation with her family in the Bahamas.

"Caroline was a powerful presence of kindness and friendship to colleagues, students, and the wider community, and she had many family ties to Gannon," the school's chaplain said in a message to the university, where DiPlacido worked as a project coordinator for the office of community and government relations on the Erie campus.

"It's terrible news, and she'll be missed."

Officials said the woman was 58 years old. After the attack, she showed no signs of life, Skippings said.

Skippings said that she got to the Bahamas on a cruise ship on Tuesday morning. Her group went snorkeling off Rose Island on a private tour boat.

The attack was seen by family members. Together with a tour guide, they pulled her out of the water and put her on a boat to take her to Fort Montagu on Nassau.

The area was blocked off with ropes and closed to snorkelers for good.

Skippings said, "It's just a bad situation."

The Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida says that the Bahamas haven't had a shark attack since 2018. It says that bull sharks are among the most common sharks that attack people for no reason.

In an overview of the species, the museum says that the sharks are big, can cause serious injuries, are often found where people go swimming, and have teeth that are made to cut rather than hold.

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