According to initial police reports cited by Loop News, an American tourist from Connecticut, a 22-year-old female, has tragically lost her leg after being bitten by a shark while snorkeling off the coast of Providenciales island in Turks and Caicos. The incident took place on Wednesday near the all-inclusive Blue Haven Resort.
A resort employee near the Leeward Marina promptly contacted the police for assistance and informed them that the victim had suffered a leg amputation due to the shark attack, as reported by the Caribbean news website.
The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, accompanied by an ambulance, quickly responded to the scene. The woman, whose identity remains undisclosed, was transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre on the island, where she was listed in serious condition as of Wednesday night.
This shark attack in the Caribbean country follows another recent incident in South New Jersey, where a Pennsylvania teenager, who was surfing for the first time, sustained injuries consistent with a shark attack. The 15-year-old girl was bitten while surfing in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, specifically at 109th Street, on Sunday afternoon. Local emergency teams promptly rescued her from the water and transferred her to a nearby hospital.
Reported by FOX 29 in Philadelphia, the girl’s injuries included lacerations to her foot and calf, which required six stitches. Fortunately, none of her injuries were life-threatening. Officials in Stone Harbor stated that, based on a thorough examination conducted by the New Jersey State Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, the injuries align with those typically associated with a shark attack, although the specific shark species involved remains unknown.
source: Fox News Digital