Jordan Lindsey, 21, of Torrance was snorkeling with her family near Rose Island on June 26 when she was bitten by what local police cited by ABC News said were three sharks.
Police cited by ABC said Lindsey’s parents spotted the sharks approaching and tried to warn her but it was too late.
Deputy Commissioner Paul Rolle told CNN affiliate WPLG that Lindsey suffered multiple bites to her left arm, both legs and buttocks, and her right arm was torn off.
The Bahamas Press reported the young woman was transported to a hospital in New Providence and pronounced dead.
Jordan Lindsey, seen in the center, took a photo with her family and girlfriend right before they went on a snorkeling trip in the Bahamas. The 21-year-old Torrance woman died after being attacked by three sharks during that trip https://t.co/58F6Ml77pD pic.twitter.com/0C8kFmEQAd
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) June 27, 2019
Following an autopsy, Lindsey’s body will be transported to California by the U.S. Embassy, Rolle told WPLG.
‘She Was So Caring’
From Jordan Lindsey’s father:
“…We already miss her so much. She was so caring she loved all animals it’s ironic she would die getting attacked by a shark.”
More on the young Torrance woman who died after a shark attack in the Bahamas @NBCLA @11p pic.twitter.com/yy96HLdEPv
— Hetty Chang (@HettyNBCLA) June 27, 2019
Her younger sister, Madison Lindsey, has started a GoFundMe page to help the family with the costs of transporting her body back to California and with the funeral.
“Jordan Lindsey was a beloved daughter, sister, girlfriend, and friend,” the GoFundMe page says. “On June 26, 2019 Jordan was tragically killed from a shark attack in the Bahamas.”
“Jordan had the most beautiful, gentle soul and she will be missed deeply.”
A Bahamas government ministry issued a statement of condolence.
“The Ministry of Tourism, on behalf of the Government and the people of the Bahamas expresses its condolences and deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of the victim of Wednesday’s shark attack off Rose Island, near New Providence,” the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas said in a statement cited by Bahamas Press.
Fox5 reported the Bahamas Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources issued a public advisory in the wake of the fatal shark attack.
BH-20190627-68499-BHS – Biological Hazard – The Bahamas – Atlantic Ocean – North https://t.co/I60aS1H0Ou – An American tourist was killed in a shark attack in The Bahamas on Wednesday. The Royal Bahamas Police Force announced that the woman, identified as Jordan Lindsay, 21, of…
— Global Alert Monitor (@Alert_Monitor) June 27, 2019
An assessment will be carried out to check if the water is safe.
A Danger or Endangered?
Sharks in their interactions with humans have acquired a fearsome reputation that, according to National Geographic, is not justified.
“The United States averages just 16 shark attacks each year and slightly less than one shark-attack fatality every two years,” writes National Geographic’s Brian Handwerk. “Meanwhile, in the coastal U.S. states alone, lightning strikes and kills more than 41 people each year.”
Data from the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File (ISAF), a database of all known shark attacks, shows that humans pose a greater threat to sharks than vice versa.
“On average, there are only six fatalities attributable to unprovoked attacks by sharks worldwide, each year. By contrast, fisheries kill about 100 million sharks and rays annually.”
— UF Shark Research (@UFsharkresearch) August 31, 2018
A comparison of dog attack fatalities (364) versus shark attack fatalities (11) in the United States for the years 2001-2010 shows that canines pose a considerably higher risk to humans than the much-maligned sharks.