Three Americans were found dead and a fourth person was hospitalized Friday at a Sandals resort in the Bahamas, officials said.
We still don’t know how they died. The Royal Bahamas Police said they were investigating a report that a couple complained of feeling unwell and sought treatment at a hospital.
In a statement to USA TODAY, Sandals confirmed the deaths at Sandals Emerald Bay on Great Exuma, an island known as a luxury travel destination.
“It is with profound sadness that we can confirm the deaths of three guests at Sandals Emerald Bay on May 6, 2022,” Sandals spokeswoman Stacy Royal said in a statement. “A health emergency was initially reported and in accordance with our protocols we immediately alerted emergency health professionals and the appropriate local authorities.
On Friday morning, resort staff informed George Town Police that a man had been found unresponsive in one of the villas. As officers drove to the resort, they were told another man and woman had been found unresponsive at another villa, Royal Bahamas Police said.
Officers found a man lying on the ground in the first villa, police said. He was later pronounced dead, but an examination of the body revealed no signs of trauma.
Police then found a man in the bathroom of another villa and an unconscious woman on a bed. Both “showed signs of convulsing,” police said, but no signs of trauma. The couple had complained of feeling ill the previous evening and had returned to their villa after being treated at a hospital, investigators said.
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Another American woman was airlifted to hospital, said Chester Cooper, Acting Prime Minister of the Bahamasadding that police did not suspect foul play in the deaths.
Police were awaiting an autopsy report to determine the cause of death, according to the Royal Bahamas Police.
Sandals Resorts is based in Jamaica and operates several resorts in Jamaica, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
“Nothing is more important to Sandals Resorts than the safety of our guests,” the company statement reads in part. “…We are actively working to support both the investigation as well as the customers’ families in any way we can during this difficult time. Out of respect for the privacy of our customers, we cannot disclose any information. other information at this time.
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