Bahamas Sandals Deaths: American tourists found dead at Great Exuma resort must be named

MIAMI — An American woman who was hospitalized in the Bahamas on Friday, where three other Americans died of unknown causes at a Sandals resort, has left the country and is being treated at a hospital in Miami, the Royal Bahamas Police commissioner said Force on Sunday.

The woman, whose identity has not been released, is in serious condition, Commissioner Paul Rolle said. She was initially flown to a hospital in Nassau, CNN reported.

Foul play is not suspected in Friday’s three deaths, Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper said. The identities of the Americans who died will be released Monday after “official identification” is complete, Rolle told CNN, as authorities try to figure out why they died.

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The three deaths at Sandals Emerald Bay Resort on Great Exuma were confirmed by Sandals spokeswoman Stacy Royal, and the US State Department also confirmed them Saturday.

“We can confirm the deaths of three US citizens in the Bahamas,” a State Department spokesman said in a statement. “We are closely monitoring the investigation by the local authorities into the cause of death. We are ready to provide any reasonable consular assistance. Out of respect for the privacy of the families, we have nothing further to add at this time.”

Resort staff alerted police just after 9 a.m. Friday that an unresponsive man had been found at a villa, police said in a statement Saturday. On the way to the scene of the crime, police were told that another man and woman in another villa were unresponsive, the press release said.

Police entered the bedroom of the first villa, where they found a “Caucasian man lying unresponsive on the floor” with no evidence of trauma. A doctor pronounced him dead, police said.

Officers were then escorted to the second villa, where they found the second man “leaning against a wall in a bathroom unresponsive.” The woman was “found in a bedroom on a bed,” the statement said.

“Both showed signs of seizures,” the press release said. Neither showed signs of trauma and they were also pronounced dead by a doctor.

The man and woman at the second villa had “complained of illness the night before” and were treated at a local medical facility before returning to their accommodation, police said.

The woman who was taken to the hospital was found with the deceased in the first villa, Rolle told CNN on Saturday.

The acting prime minister on Friday asked the country’s health and wellness minister to lead a delegation of health, environment and public works officials to Exuma District.

“Nothing is more important to Sandals Resorts than the safety of our guests,” the resort said in a statement Saturday, adding it is actively working to “assist in any way we can with both the investigation and the families of guests.” However, it does not disclose further information “out of respect for the privacy of our guests.”

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