The Foreign Office (FCO) is urging holidaymakers to be vigilant to the danger posed by sharks after a US tourist was killed while snorkelling in the Bahamas.
Jordan Lindsay, 21, was snorkelling with her family near Rose Island when she was attacked by three sharks last Wednesday (26 June), the Royal Bahamas Police Force has confirmed.
On Tuesday (2 July), the FCO issued fresh travel advice for the Caribbean island nation in response to an advisory from the Bahamian authorities.
“On 26 June, a fatal shark attack took place in The Bahamas,” said the FCO. “While this is a very rare occurrence, the Bahamian authorities have issued advice urging the public to exercise extreme caution in and around the waters of New Providence, adjacent islands and cays.”
The Bahamian ministry of agriculture and marine resources said: “The public is advised to exercise extreme caution in and around the waters of New Providence, adjacent islands and cays, in particular the areas of northern shoreline of New Providence, the northeastern shoreline of Paradise Island, Rose Island and along the Montagu Foreshore.
“The public is further advised to avoid the cleaning or discarding of fish waste in the water as this practice attracts sharks into areas often utilised for swimming by the public and our guests.
“Further, if a shark is seen in the swimming area, persons are advised to leave the water and in no circumstance molest or play with the animal.
“Also, if injured and bleeding while in the water, it is recommended you leave the water as sharks are attracted to blood.”