An American tourist died after a boat bound for a private island sank in the Bahamas

An American tourist died after a boat bound for a private island sank in the Bahamas
An American died while sailing in a ferry in the Bahamas.Juan Silva/Getty Images
  • An American tourist died after a ferry sank in the Bahamas.
  • The 74-year-old woman was given CPR before she was pronounced dead.

An American tourist died after a ferry with over 100 passengers sank in the Bahamas on Tuesday morning, the Associated Press reported, citing local police. The ferry sank en route to Blue Lagoon Island, a private island in the capital of Nassau.

The tourist, a 74-year-old woman from Broomfield, Colorado, had been planning to travel with her family for five days, Chrislyn Skippings, the chief superintendent of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, told the AP.

The woman was not identified by name in the report. The report also did not state her cause of death.

A video of the incident posted on X, the platform previously known as Twitter, shows people wearing orange life vests standing on a tilting boat. People were later shown jumping into the water. Business Insider could not independently verify the video.

"Our boat is sinking. Everyone's freaking out," a woman can be heard saying in the video.


"I'm on the top floor of the ferry," she continued.

Authorities attempted to rescue the woman from the water when the ferry sank, but she was unresponsive, the AP reported, citing a police statement. They performed CPR on her and took her to a dock, where she was pronounced dead.

Authorities managed to rescue the rest of the passengers and crew members on board. Two passengers were sent to a medical center, per the AP.

There have been more boating accidents in the Bahamas in the past few years. In 2022, 17 migrants died after the boat they were on capsized off Paradise Island in the Bahamas. And in 2021, an American billionaire's yacht sunk after it crashed into an oil tanker off the coast of New Providence Island.

The Royal Bahamas Defense Force did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider sent outside regular business hours.