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'It happened so fast': Mum watches daughter mauled to death by three sharks at iconic tourist spot

A woman watched on in horror as her daughter was killed when attacked by three sharks while on holiday in the Bahamas.

Jordan Lindsey, 21, was snorkeling on Wednesday near Rose Island around 2pm and attacked by three sharks, The Royal Bahamas Police Force confirmed.

Lindsey’s parents saw the sharks and tried to warn her, but she didn't hear them, KABC-TV reported.

“My wife was near Jordan, a few feet away, when the shark attacked,” her father, Michael Lindsey told US outlet ABC News.

“She said it happened so fast and no one yelled anything.

“My wife got to Jordan and pulled Jordan to shore by herself.”

The family were on a tour to the island, famed for its population of swimming pigs.

Jordan Lindsey, pictured, was snorkelling at Rose Island in the Bahamas when attacked by three sharks. Source: GoFundMe
Jordan Lindsey was on holiday with her family at the time of the attack. Source: GoFundMe
Jordan Lindsey was on a family holiday. Source: NBC
The 21-year-old was circled by three sharks. Source: NBC

Lindsey, from California, US, suffered bites to her arms, legs and buttocks and her right arm was bitten off, according authorities.

The Bahama Ministry of Tourism says she was pronounced dead at a hospital in New Providence.

The father said his family is devastated by their loss and they “already miss her terribly”.

Lindsey was a student at Loyola Marymount University.

An American tourist was killed in a shark attack while snorkelling at Rose Island at the Bahamas, pictured, on Wednesday. Source: Getty, file
Rose Island where the shark attack took place. Source: Getty, file
Pictured are the swimming pigs Rose Island is famous for. Source: CNBC / Instagram - toriselene
The island is famed for swimming pigs. Source: CNBC / Instagram - toriselene

Her family have since started a GoFundMe page, writing that the money would be used to cover funeral costs and expenses related to transporting her body back to California.

Sharks likely triggered

A biologist says there was likely a trigger that caused sharks to attack Lindsey.

Dr Erich Ritter, a shark expert who is investigating the incident, said that the sharks' behavior was not normal.

He says they may have been triggered by something, like chum being dumped nearby.

Ritter, who studies shark-human interactions, said the snorkeling company should have monitored the area better.

He questioned the decision of the guides to be on the boat and not in the water during the expedition.

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