Three Americans found dead at Sandals Resort in Bahamas after ‘health emergency’

EXUMA (NEXSTAR) – Bahamian officials say three American tourists died at a Sandals resort after falling ill. Another had to be airlifted to hospital for treatment.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force said in a press release Officers were called to the Sandals Resort on the island of Exuma on Friday morning after one of the tourists, a man, was found unconscious in a villa.

On the way to the resort, officers learned that two other unresponsive tourists, a woman and a second man, had been found in a separate villa. All three were pronounced dead at the resort, with the woman and the second man both showing “signs of convulsing”, local officials said.

A fourth tourist, a woman, was airlifted to hospital.

Health Minister Michael Darville said on Saturday that some hotel guests went to a clinic on Thursday with nausea and vomiting, were treated and left. He said initial inquiries indicated it was an isolated incident.

One of the men was Vincent Chiarella of Alabama, his son, Austin, told ABC News. Vincent and his wife, Donnis, reportedly stayed at the resort for their anniversary. Donnis was the woman taken to the hospital, according to Austin, who said he learned of the incident when the US Embassy called him Friday night.

Donnis told her son she fell ill on Thursday but felt “just fine” after leaving the clinic, ABC News reports.

Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper released a statement on Friday saying police were investigating and the cause of death was unknown, although foul play “is not suspected”.

“Nothing is more important to Sandals Resorts than the safety of our guests. It is with profound sadness that we confirm the passing of three of our guests at Emerald Bay Resort on May 6, 2022,” a Sandals representative told Eyewitness News Bahama. “A health emergency was initially reported and in accordance with protocols, we immediately alerted emergency health professionals and the appropriate local authorities to provide support and investigate the situation.”

The company said it was cooperating with the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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