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06/26/2019 - Jordan Lindsey - Bahamas *** Fatal ***

Post by alb » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:13 am

Jordan Lindsey was attacked by three sharks at Rose Island in the Bahamas as she was snorkeling in the Bahamas Lindsey was attacked by three sharks and suffered bites to her arms, legs and buttocks. Her right arm was bitten off, he said.


American woman killed in shark attack in Bahamas

Jordan Lindsey, 21, of California, attacked by 3 sharks, authorities say
By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor


Jordan Lindsey, 21, of Torrance, California, was killed in a shark attack in the Bahamas.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - An American tourist was killed Wednesday in a shark attack in the Bahamas.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force announced that the woman, identified as Jordan Lindsey, 21, of Torrance, California, was attacked shortly after 2 p.m. near Rose Island as she was snorkeling.


According to Deputy Commissioner Paul Rolle, Lindsey was attacked by three sharks and suffered bites to her arms, legs and buttocks. Her right arm was bitten off, he said.

Rolle said Lindsey was on the snorkeling expedition with her family, including her parents, when the attack occurred.

He said her family spotted the sharks and yelled out to Lindsey, but she didn't hear them in time.

Jordan Lindsey with family in Bahamas
Courtesy of Lindsey family

Jordan Lindsey (center) poses with her parents, two brothers, sister and girlfriend on their trip to the Bahamas.

After being taken to shore, Lindsey was taken to a hospital in New Providence, where she was pronounced dead.

Rolle said her body will be taken to Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, where an autopsy will be performed. The U.S. Embassy will then assist in transporting Lindsey's body to California.

"The Ministry of Tourism, on behalf of the government and the people of the Bahamas, expresses its condolences and deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of the victim of Wednesday's shark attack off Rose Island, near New Providence," the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas said in a statement.

Rose Island is a small piece of land just northeast of Nassau.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources has issued precautionary advisories to the public following the fatal shark attack.

The Department of Fisheries will also do an assessment to determine if the water is safe.

It's unclear what kind of sharks were involved in the attack.


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Re: 06/26/2019 - Jordan Lindsey - Bahamas *** Fatal ***

Post by alb » Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:10 am

Family says no one jumped in to help woman killed in Bahamas shark attack

By Kelly Taylor Hayes

LOS ANGELES - The family of a 21-year-old woman killed in a shark attack in the Bahamas said the tour company did not mobilize to help in any way and did not have proper safety measures in place for an emergency situation.

Jordan Lindsey, an honor student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, was snorkeling off Rose Island, a popular spot northeast of the Bahamian capital Nassau, on June 26 when authorities said she was attacked by three sharks.
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Her right arm was bitten off, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
Jordan Lindsey, 21, is pictured in an undated photo. (Photo credit: Provided family photo)
Jordan Lindsey, 21, is pictured in an undated photo. (Photo credit: Provided family photo)

On Tuesday, her family issued a statement to clarify what happened that day and to encourage tour excursion companies to have mandatory safety measures put in place.

While the whole family was on Rose Island that day as part of a Sandy Toes Day Excursion, only Jordan and her mother, Kami, were snorkeling at the time, the statement said. Her siblings, father and longtime girlfriend did not witness the attack.

When Jordan and Kami entered the water, they were acknowledged by two staff members who were finishing their lunch on land, but no guides or staff members entered the water with them.

During the attack, Jordan and her mother were inside and at the far end of the roped-off snorkeling area, the family statement said. Other snorkelers were a good distance away from where the attack happened and later scrambled out of the water for fear of their safety. The family said the sharks were not seen by anyone until the attack.

According to the statement, no Sandy Toes staff members jumped in or “mobilized to assist in any way.”

“Jordan’s mother recalls, as she swam to Jordan and told Jordan to try to swim toward her, she thought certainly a boat would come to whisk them out of the water and harm’s way, but that did not happen,” the statement reads. “Two staff members called over from the rocky hill, telling Kami and Jordan to swim to them. As they tried to swim toward each other and toward the rocky hill, a shark came between them and again attacked Jordan. By this time, Kami was able to grab Jordan’s hand and drag her to the rocky shore where the staff members pulled both of them out of the water.”

Once both women were out of the water, the family said the staff had no first aid kit or basic supplies for any type of injury — and provided no first aid “whatsoever.”

“It felt like a lifetime as they waited for a boat to arrive. When the small boat arrived, it contained only a bench and a staff member driving. A staff member waiting with Jordan and Kami, helped Kami get Jordan into the boat and the 4 of them drove off to Nassau,” the statement added. “There were no medical or emergency supplies in the boat. The only thing provided were towels which were used to cover Jordan’s legs.”

The family said a waiting ambulance at the dock transported Jordan and her mother to a hospital, where she died.

“Although nothing can change the outcome of the tragedy we’ve suffered, our hope in speaking out is that mandatory safety measures are put in place, so this is less likely to happen again,” the statement said. “We also want tourists to know that when booking a tour, while the excursion company may have great reviews, it may not have basic safety measures or first aid equipment in place.”

The Sandy Toes staff didn’t notify the rest of Jordan’s family who were still on Rose Island, the family said. Instead, they overheard conversations from others that had been snorkeling and noticed people crying and eventually realized what happened.

The family also said the beach side of the small island was not evacuated after the shark attack, which was located a just short distance away.

Sandy Toes Bahamas did not immediately return a request for comment.

Dr. Erich Ritter, a scientist with the Shark Research Institute, and Dr. Christopher Lowe, director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach, said it's exceptionally rare for three sharks to attack a person. Lowe said the chances are as remote as winning back-to-back Powerball lottery jackpots.

Ritter said it was likely triggered by something, such as chum — or fish food — being tossed into the water.

"There had to be a reason there. That's not normal behavior for any shark," Ritter said.

Ritter was also concerned by reports that no one from the snorkeling company used by the family was in the water with the swimmers. He operates the Florida-based SharkSchool, which teaches swimmers and divers how to safely share the water with sharks, and said guides always should swim with customers.

In the statement, the woman’s family suggested that tour operators designate a staffer to look for sharks as well as snorkelers who may be in distress so they could be warned or immediately helped.

The family also said that tour companies should have an emergency plan for incidents like shark attacks, in addition to common medical incidents like animal bites, jellyfish stings or heart attacks.

“Have medical supplies on all tours and provide first aid training to staff members so that they are willing and able to provide immediate response during emergencies,” the statement suggests.

The family thanked the people who helped return Jordan’s body back to California.

Jordan’s father, Michael Lindsey, said she was "such a great daughter and person."

Jordan, a climate change advocate from Los Angeles’ South Bay and an animal lover who volunteered at a shelter, attended Santa Monica College and entered Loyola last year.

She was a member of Tau Sigma National Honor Society and worked as a communications assistant for the College of Science and Engineering. The school will honor her with a plaque.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Re: 06/26/2019 - Jordan Lindsey - Bahamas *** Fatal ***

Post by alb » Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:23 pm

Family of woman killed by sharks in Bahamas recalls daughter's last moments

Aug 7, 2019, 4:27 PM ET

PHOTO: Jordan Lindsey, 21, of Torrance, Calif., was killed in a shark attack near Rose Island, in the Bahamas, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
Courtesy Lindsey family

WatchFamily of woman killed by sharks recalls daughter's last moments


Jordan Lindsey, a 21-year-old Loyola-Marymount University student from Torrance, California, was killed in a shark attack in the Bahamas in June.

In an exclusive interview airing Wednesday on "Good Morning America," her family members discuss how they've begun to cope with her tragic loss.

It was on the third day of a family vacation when they decided to take a last-minute excursion through the Sandy Toes Tour Company to Rose Island -- a spot famous for snorkeling and for petting swimming pigs.

"I wish they didn't let us on, of course, but they -- they snuck us on," Jordan's father, Michael Lindsey, told "GMA."

"Myself, my two boys, and Jordan's girlfriend, Gianna, were on another part of the island, just swimming on the beach side," he recalled. "My wife, Kami, and Jordan went snorkeling on another part of the island. My wife was near Jordan, a few feet away."

It was then that a school of sharks suddenly pounced on Jordan.

"Kami said she heard Jordan yell like, 'Mom,' like, and then she -- Kami -- looked back, and the first thing was, she thought dolphins were around Jordan," Lindsey continued. "And then she ... then she realized, like, right away that, like, Jordan, was screaming."

Kami swam toward Jordan as fast as she could.
PHOTO: Jordan Lindsey, 21, of Torrance, Calif., was killed in a shark attack near Rose Island, in the Bahamas, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Courtesy Lindsey family
Jordan Lindsey, 21, of Torrance, Calif., was killed in a shark attack near Rose Island, in the Bahamas, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
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Jordan's right arm was torn off in the attack, and she suffered bites to her left arm, both legs and buttocks, authorities said.

Kami attempted to pull Jordan to safety, but then another shark attacked her.

"And then," Lindsey said, "Jordan said, 'Mom, there's another shark coming!' And then the second shark hit her. The second shark hit again, like, on her lower leg. And then that's the last thing … Jordan said."
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After a brutal struggle to get Jordan out of the water that included hitting the shark, Jordan was pulled onto a nearby island where they waited for a boat to take them to shore for medical assistance.

Jordan was losing consciousness, barely clinging to life, when the boat finally arrived -- with no medical supplies.

"They put towels over her leg … there was no first aid kit," her father told "GMA."

The boat rushed Jordan to a dock where an ambulance was waiting for her, but by the time Lindsey got the hospital, he was too late.

"I walked in," he recalled, "and they said, 'Your daughter's gone.'"
PHOTO: Jordan Lindsey, center, poses with her parents, two brothers, sister and girlfriend on their trip to the Bahamas. Lindsey, 21, was killed in a shark attack near Rose Island on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Courtesy Lindsey family
Jordan Lindsey, center, poses with her parents, two brothers, sister and girlfriend on their trip to the Bahamas. Lindsey, 21, was killed in a shark attack near Rose Island on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
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The family hasn't been the same since Jordan's tragic death.

"Kami, of course, had the worst, like, 10 times the worst thing," Lindsey continued. "She has her daughter die in her arms on a trip. I mean, we cry every night still. And -- Kami has -- like, she doesn't like the nights. Because … when she closes her eyes, she's back in that water again. She's seen all the blood. She seen her poor daughter die in her arms."

Jordan's girlfriend, Gianna Gabrielle-Kasparek, who was with the Lindsey family at the time, said Jordan "had the biggest heart."

"She cared a lot about me and her family," she added. "She'd always worry about all of us. And she probably worried about us more than she worried about herself."

Sandy Toes Tour Company extended condolences and prayers for Jordan and her family after her death and reportedly added new safety measures including shark spotters on tours.

"All reasonable steps were taken to prevent this very unfortunate incident and our staff responded swiftly and in line with our emergency protocols and procedure," the company said in a statement.

The Lindsey family wants to prevent what happened to Jordan from happening to anyone else.
(MORE: Separate shark attacks injure 2 men on Florida's eastern coast)

When asked about what kind of changes he would like to see put in place, Michael Lindsey was succinct: "Definitely have some kind of medical training for everyone. From the captain all the way down to the deck hands. Everyone should know … what to do in case there is some kind of big tragedy like that … and then have the supplies to stop bleeding or if someone has a heart attack."

Lindsey went on to describe his daughter as his "little guardian angel."

"She took care of me," he said. "I just ... I remember kissing her on the forehead, and that's the last time I seen her. I just kissed her on the forehead and said, 'I'll -- I'll see you later, Jordan.'"



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