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BHS | May 7, 2022

Three American tourists found dead at Sandals Bahamas resort

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Aerial view of the communal pool and wider resort area of Sandals’ Emerald Bay hotel on Great Exuma island in The Bahamas. (Photo: sandals.com)

Three American guests booked into Sandals Emerald Bay resort in Great Exuma, Bahamas have been reported dead in what has been described as “mysterious circumstances”.

According to reports, they complained of feeling ill the previous day and then were found dead on Friday (May 6).

Both Sandals and the local police have determined that no foul play took place.

A spokesperson for the Jamaican founded resort chain said: “It is with deep sadness that we can confirm the passing of three guests at Sandals Emerald Bay on May 6, 2022.”

“A health emergency was initially reported and, following our protocols, we immediately alerted emergency medical professionals and relevant local authorities”. 

“We are actively working to support both the investigation as well as the guests’ families in every way possible during this difficult time,” 

Information reaching the  Our Today newsroom indicates that two men and a woman died with another woman seriously ill at a Bahamian hospital.

Chester Cooper, Bahamian Tourism Minister, issued a statement that read: “‘I have been regretfully informed today of the death of three American visitors, two men, and a woman, at a resort property on Exuma.”

“Another American woman has been airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital. I have been briefed by the commissioner of police and the resort’s executive management on the matter. I am currently in Eleuthera on ministerial business.”

“As I am acting in the capacity of prime minister, I have briefed Prime Minister Davis on the matter. Police are investigating and the cause of death is still unknown. However, I am advised that foul play is not suspected. I have asked Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Michael Darville to lead a delegation this evening to Exuma of health and wellness, environment and public works officials.”

Bahamas Minister of Tourism, Chester Cooper speaking with local media on April 27, 2022. (Photo: Facebook @teamcooper242ex)

“The public will be kept abreast of information as soon as it becomes available. We offer our thoughts and prayers to the families affected,” Cooper added.

According to reports, the guests found dead slumped in their villas were Caucasian.

So what could be the cause of their deaths?

“Right now it is being viewed as bizarre. Was it something they ate, or did they drink too much? No one knows. A lot of tourists in the Bahamas are into cocaine laced with fentanyl. Now, I’m not saying this is the case in this circumstance but it is a problem at a lot of hotels. A lot of Americans want to get high and have a good time. I guess they want to escape their problems,” said a former policeman from Nassau.

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