- Three Americans died at a luxury resort in the Bahamas.
- Days after the tragic deaths, a possible cause is revealed.
- Among the victims was a man who was celebrating his anniversary with his wife.
Three American tourists died at a resort in the Bahamas after falling ill, officials from the Atlantic island nation confirmed. Another American woman was airlifted to a hospital for treatment, according to the AP.
Among the victims was Vincent Chiarella, a 64-year-old man, who had traveled to the Sandals luxury resort in the Bahamas with his 64-year-old wife Donnis to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
What could have killed the Americans in the Bahamas?
Vincent, a retiree who lived in Panama City, Florida but was originally from Alabama, died on Friday, May 6. Although acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper initially released a statement saying police are investigating the deaths, and the cause of death was unknown, there is now speculation that it could have been due to faulty air conditioning, according to The DailyMail.
Hotel staff found Vincent’s body shortly after 9 a.m. on Friday at his villa and called the police. Officers from the George Town Police Station arrived on the scene where they also received a report of another couple from the hotel being unresponsive. Minutes later all three were pronounced dead.
Mysterious deaths at Sandals resort
Health Minister Dr. Michael Darville told Eyewitness News Bahamas on Saturday that the three hotel guests had gone to a clinic the previous Thursday with nausea and vomiting, were treated and left.
According to the Daily Mail, all of the victims suffered seizures before they died. Austin Chiarella, son of the couple who was celebrating their anniversary recounted how his mother, who remains hospitalized and seriously ill, found the body of her late husband. “She woke up and my father was lying on the floor, and she couldn’t move. Her legs and arms were swollen and she couldn’t move and she was screaming for someone to come in the door,” said Austin Chiarella who added: “I’m so heartbroken right now. My dad was everything to me.”
“When they got to the hotel, the air conditioning wasn’t working”
The State Department said Sunday that it is “closely monitoring” the Royal Bahamas Police investigation into the deaths at Sandals Resort. “We can confirm the deaths of three United States citizens in the Bahamas,” the State Department said in a statement to USA Today.
“We are closely monitoring local authorities’ investigation into the cause of death. We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance. Out of respect for the privacy of the families, we have nothing further to add at this time.” Steve Mulder, Donnis Chiarella’s brother, said the family hopes the results of Vincent’s autopsy be released on Monday May 9, but he heard that the air conditioning could have been the culprit. “When they got to the hotel, the air conditioning wasn’t working,” he said.
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