Three American tourists were found dead inside their hotel room, and a fourth person was hospitalized Friday, at a Sandals resort in the Bahamas, according to local authorities.
Bahamian Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper said two men and a woman died at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort on Exuma. A fourth was airlifted to a hospital in nearby Nassau.
JUST IN: The air ambulance carrying an American woman who is being transported to Princess Margaret Hospital from Exuma, touched down in New Providence just after 7pm today.— Our News Bahamas (@OurNewsRev) May 7, 2022
Sandals Emerald Bay officials in Exuma released a statement confirming that three other guests had died. pic.twitter.com/Ke4QvM3ABq
Royal Bahamas Police Force said it was investigating that at least two people sought medical treatment Thursday night after suffering from nausea and vomiting.
JUST IN: Police are investigating the Sudden Death of two men and a woman— Our News Bahamas (@OurNewsRev) May 6, 2022
Detectives from New Providence are in Exuma investigating the death of two men and a woman. pic.twitter.com/wcI9QTW2XG
On Friday, police found a man and woman dead in their hotel room. In a separate hotel room, a man was found dead. All had signs of convulsion but no trauma, police added.
FIRST ON THE GROUND: Less than 24 hours after three Americans died of unknown causes in separate villas at Sandals Emerald Bay resort on Exuma, ewnews has arrived on the island and will provide coverage as the circumstances surrounding their deaths are investigated and revealed. pic.twitter.com/uFFEkd9bew— Eyewitness News Bahamas (@ewnewsbahamas) May 7, 2022
Sandals confirmed the three deaths to USA Today. A spokesperson for the resort released this statement:
"It is with deep sadness that we can confirm the passing of three guests at Sandals Emerald Bay on May 6, 2022.
"A health emergency was initially reported and following our protocols we immediately alerted emergency medical professionals and relevant local authorities," Stacy Royal, a spokesperson for Sandals, said.
Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Michael Darville and his team are expected to arrive on the island this evening to investigate the health emergency.
"We thought we might have to make a makeshift facility, a mini-hospital ... we believe it's an isolated situation that revolves around four people," Darville said. It remains unclear how the three died.