Sandals resort deaths: 3 Americans dead in Exuma, Bahamas acting prime minister says


Two men and a woman died at the resort, and a fourth American – a woman – was airlifted to a hospital in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, Bahamas Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper said Friday.

Although police are investigating, Cooper has been “told that foul play is not suspected,” he said.

Cooper did not name the station. But Sandals Resorts, operator of more than a dozen all-inclusive resorts in the Atlantic and Caribbean, said three guests died Friday at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort in Great Exuma.

Sandals did not mention a fourth person hospitalized. Details of what led to the death, why the fourth American was taken to hospital, whether that person was at the station, that person’s condition and the names of the Americans were not released.

“A health emergency was initially reported and, in accordance with our protocols, we immediately alerted emergency healthcare professionals and the appropriate local authorities,” Sandals Resorts said in a statement to CNN Saturday morning.

The company said it was working to “support both the investigation as well as the families of the guests in any way possible”, but could not release further information “out of respect for the privacy of our guests”. .

On Friday, Cooper asked the nation’s health and welfare minister to lead a delegation of health, environment and public works officials to the Exuma district.

“The public will be updated with information as it becomes available,” said Cooper, who is also the Bahamas’ tourism minister. “We offer our thoughts and prayers to the affected families.”

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