- An American tourist died after a ferry sank in the Bahamas.
- The 74-year-old woman was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation before she was pronounced dead.
- The ferry was heading to the Blue Lagoon island in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas.
An American tourist died in the Bahamas on Tuesday morning after a ferry carrying more than 100 passengers sank. – reported the Associated Press, citing local police. The ferry sank on its way to Blue Lagoon Island, a private island in the capital of Nassau.
The tourist, a 74-year-old woman from Broomfield, Colorado, had been planning to travel with her family for five days, Chrislyn Skippings, superintendent of the Royal Bahamas Police, told the AP.
The woman’s name was not provided in the report. The report also did not specify the cause of her death.
Video of the incident posted on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter, shows people wearing orange life jackets standing on a tilting boat. Later, people were shown jumping into the water. Business Insider could not independently verify the video.
“Our boat is sinking. Everyone is panicking,” a woman’s voice can be heard in the recording.
“I’m on the top floor of the ferry,” she continued.
Authorities tried to rescue the woman from the water when the ferry sank, but she did not react, AP reports, citing a police statement. They performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her and took her to the dock, where she was pronounced dead.
Authorities managed to rescue the remaining passengers and crew members on board. According to AP, two passengers were sent to a medical center.
Over the past few years, there have been an increase in boating accidents in the Bahamas. In 2022 17 migrants died after the boat they were on capsized Paradise island in the Bahamas. And in 2021 An American billionaire’s yacht sank after it hit an oil tanker off the coast of New Providence Island.
The Royal Bahamas Defense Force did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment made outside normal business hours.