Woman killed by shark while snorkelling at popular holiday destination

A tourist has been killed in a shark attack while snorkelling in the Caribbean, local authorities have confirmed.

The American woman was snorkelling shortly after 2pm on Wednesday, when she was bitten by a shark near Rose Island, on the Bahamas, the local tourism body confirmed.

The snorkeller, who has not been formally identified, was brought to shore and transported to a hospital at nearby New Providence, where she was pronounced dead.

An American tourist was killed in a shark attack while snorkelling at Rose Island, pictured, in The Bahamas on Wednesday. Source: Getty, file

An investigation into the shark attack at the small island is ongoing, the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas confirmed.

"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," it said in a statement.

”The victim’s identity is being withheld pending confirmation of notification of next of kin.”

The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources has issued precautionary advisories to the public following the shark attack.

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