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Here’s What We Know About the Mysterious Deaths of U.S. Tourists in The Bahamas

Three tourists, all over 60, died strangely at a resort in The Bahamas. Authorities say they are investigating the deaths

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Three American tourists died at a resort in The Bahamas after falling ill. So far there are few details of what happened, while other Americans on site are fearful of suffering the same consequences.

It is the Sandals Emerald Bay resort in Exuma, where some hotel guests went to a clinic since they showed symptoms of nausea and vomiting; after being treated and returning to the hotel, three of them died.

Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper issued a statement saying that police are investigating. However, the cause of the deaths is still unknown. He added that no crime is suspected.

Health Minister Michael Darville said that environmental health specialists, doctors, and others were investigating the situation to ensure that it was not a public health hazard.

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“We feel that what we are seeing is an isolated case associated in a particular area” he said, adding that investigators are doing toxicology and blood tests to help determine the cause of the disease.

In a statement to People Magazine, a representative for Sandals Emerald Bay confirmed the deaths and said, “We are actively working to support both the investigation as well as the guests’ families in every way possible during this difficult time”

On Tuesday, May 10, it was learned that authorities are working on the repatriation of the bodies; however, forensic scientists continue to collect samples from the deceased while a laboratory in Philadelphia is assisting with toxicology tests.

Officials declined to say whether any contaminating agent has been found in the samples so far. Pathologists will submit an official report once the tests are completed, said Royal Bahamas Police Force Commissioner Paul Rolle.

More details on the case

The four victims, who were in their 60s, went to the doctor before being found in their rooms, said the police commissioner, who clarified that they had eaten at different restaurants.

They were seen by the doctor the night before. That would have been around 11:00 at night and they were discovered the next morning. So we have the timeline between 11 p.m. and 8:30 or 9 a.m.,” Rolle said.

 Authorities stated that the bodies showed signs of “convulsions,” but the cause of death is unknown.

Deceased´s identities

The deceased are Michael Phillips, 68; his wife Robbie Phillips, 65, from Tennessee; as well as Vincent Paul Chiarella, 64. Chiarella’s wife, Donnis, 65, from Florida, was rushed to Kendall Hospital in Miami, where she is in good condition.

Their son, Austin Chiarella, told ABC News that his mother “woke up” and his father “was lying on the floor, and he couldn’t move. His legs and arms were swollen and he couldn’t move and he was screaming for someone to come in the door.”

Tourists in fear

Newlyweds Sydney Rosenquist and Chasen Toth are at the resort to celebrate their wedding amid uncertainty over what happened; both gave an interview to “Fox & Friends First” and confessed that there is a sense of fear.

The couple said that they learned of the deaths from other sources and not from the hotel, from which they are now asking for more transparency.

If we wouldn’t have known through other sources, then I don’t think we still probably would have suspected anything or even know what was going on

“I definitely think they should be more transparent,” Rosenquist said.

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