3 American tourists found dead, 4th hospitalized at Sandals resort in the Bahamas

Three Americans were found dead Friday at a Sandals resort in the Bahamas, and a fourth has been hospitalized, but authorities have not yet determined a cause or if the cases are related.

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Bahamian Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper confirmed Friday that two men and a woman died at the resort, while another American woman was airlifted to a hospital in the capital city in Nassau, CNN reported.

Although police are investigating, Cooper has been “advised that foul play is not suspected,” the network reported.

Autopsies are pending in all three fatalities.

In a statement to USA Today, resort officials confirmed the deaths at Sandals Emerald Bay on Great Exuma.

“It is with deep sadness that we can confirm the passing of three guests at Sandals Emerald Bay on May 6, 2022,” Sandals spokesperson Stacy Royal said in the prepared statement. “A health emergency was initially reported, and following our protocols we immediately alerted emergency medical professionals and relevant local authorities.”

The company did not acknowledge in its statement the woman whom police said was airlifted to an area hospital.

Meanwhile, Royal Bahamas Police Force confirmed to the newspaper that it is investigating a report that a couple complained of feeling ill and sought treatment at an area hospital.

According to Bahamas authorities, resort staff notified George Town Police on Friday morning that a man was found unresponsive in one of the villas. While officers were en route to the call, a second report of a man and woman found unresponsive in a seprate villa was received, USA Today reported.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force, no signs of trauma were found on any of the bodies, according to a Royal Bahamas Police Force statement obtained by CNN.

Sandals Resorts operates more than a dozen all-inclusive centers in the Atlantic and Caribbean, the network reported.

“The public will be kept abreast of information as soon as it becomes available,” Cooper, who also is the Bahamas’ tourism minister, said in a prepared statement.

“We offer our thoughts and prayers to the families affected,” he added.

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