A Torrance woman was killed in a shark attack in the Bahamas on Wednesday, according to television news reports.
Jordan Lindsey, 21, of Torrance, died after she was attacked by three sharks while snorkeling with her family, said Paul Rolle, deputy commission for the Royal Bahamas Police Force, ABC7 reported.
In this file photo from August 2000, a snorkeler is seen in the Bimini Road, an ancient, underwater arrangement of stones that some say leads to the lost continent of Atlantis, off North Bimini in the Bahamas. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
“Jordan was 21 and such a great daughter and person,” her father Michael Lindsey said in a statement to ABC News. “We already miss her terribly.”
The attack took place near Rose Island shortly after 2 p.m. The sharks severed one of the woman’s arms, also biting into her legs and buttocks, police told Local 10 News, a TV station in South Florida.
Lindsey’s parents said they saw the sharks approaching and yelled to warn her, but she didn’t respond in time, police told ABC News. Lindsey, a Loyola Marymount University student, was transported to a local hospital where she later died.
21-year-old Jordan Lindsey of Torrance was killed in a shark attack in the Bahamas today. Her family described her as a beloved daughter and sister who had the most beautiful and gentle soul. The story on @CBSLA 11pm #CBSLA @KCBSKCALDesk pic.twitter.com/wgBvQOs5KG
— Rachel Kim (@CBSLARachel) June 27, 2019
The attack had a ripple effect on social media with several posting about the incident. One user, who said his sister was on the boat with Lindsey’s family during the attack, said he believed that one of the sharks was an eight-foot tiger shark.
My sister was on site today in the Bahamas when a tiger shark attacked and killed a 21-year-old snorkeller. This is an image of the shark (left side of frame) she took. Appears to be around 8 ft. #SharkAttack @cnnbrk pic.twitter.com/IzFybnrSK7
— Avery Holton (@averyholton) June 27, 2019
Police were not immediately available to offer comment on the attack.
In 2018, Katarina Zarutskie, an Instagram model raised in Laguna Beach, posted photos of a shark biting her wrist while on vacation in the Bahamas.
City News Service contributed to this story.
Katarina Zarutskie, raised in Laguna Beach, has gone viral after she shared images of a shark biting her wrist while on vacation in the Bahamas on June 7, 2018. Photo courtesy of Zarutskie.