The 44-year-old was enjoying a paddleboarding excursion with a male companion approximately three-quarters of a mile from the coast of New Providence when the incident occurred around 11:15 a.m.
An on-duty lifeguard at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort, who witnessed the attack from the shore, promptly rushed to their aid in a boat, stated Sgt. Desiree Ferguson, a police spokesperson. Despite the lifeguard's swift response, bringing both individuals back to the beach and administering CPR to the woman, her injuries proved fatal.
The victim sustained "serious injuries to the right side of her body," including her hip and upper limb, according to Ferguson. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and her body was subsequently removed from the beach. The woman's identity has not been disclosed at this time.
Eyewitness accounts suggested that the woman had recently wed, and the man accompanying her on the paddleboard was her husband. However, the police have yet to confirm these details. "We extend our heartfelt condolences … for this most unfortunate situation," Ferguson expressed during a press conference.
A local jet ski operator recounted to the Nassau Guardian that he had observed the attack from the shore. He described the couple as "laughing and talking" as they ventured out from the beach. When he glanced back, he noticed only the man remained on his board, leading him to believe the woman had fallen off. He then heard the man's distant cries for help.
This incident marks the second shark attack in the Bahamas in less than two weeks, a location where such occurrences are relatively uncommon. On November 21, a 47-year-old German woman disappeared following a shark encounter during a dive off West End, Grand Bahama.
In September 2022, a 58-year-old American woman was fatally attacked by a shark while snorkeling with her family off the coast of New Providence.
Gavin Naylor, program director of the International Shark Attack File in Florida, suggested to Boston.com that the local sharks may have grown accustomed to tourists observing them from boats and the beach. "So the sharks get acclimated, and the animals are a little bit less cautious than they otherwise might be," Naylor explained.