Tourist killed by shark while snorkelling in Bahamas is identified

The Pennsylvania woman killed in a shark attack while snorkelling in the Bahamas has been identified as 58-year-old Caroline DiPlacido. The Gannon University staff

member was identified on Wednesday. The Millcreek Township resident was a project coordinator at the Erie institution. She died on Tuesday, according to university officials, the

New York Post reported. She graduated from the school in 1986 and came back in 2009 to become a secretary for marketing and communications. Gannon University chaplain

Michael Kesicki said that “Caroline was a powerful presence of kindness and friendship”. “The news is devastating, and she will be missed,” he added, according to The Post.

Ms DiPlacido is survived by her husband David, her three children, her mother and her extended family. Police have said that Ms DiPlacido travelled to the Bahamas on

a weeklong cruise with four members of her family, arriving in the Bahamas on Tuesday. The ship, the Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, left Florida on Sunday.

Police said that Ms DiPlacido was snorkelling near Green Cay in the northern part of the island when she was attacked by a bull shark, according to the Associated Press.

The authorities were made aware of the attack just after 3pm. Her family tried to save her but she sustained major injuries to her left side. The snorkelling tour

was booked with a local company that transported them to the waters off Nassau, Royal Bahamas Police Force Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings told the press.