Mystery surrounds the deaths of three Americans at the luxury Sandals Emerald Bay resort in the Bahamas after people said they felt sick, but a guest offered a chilling explanation
Police found a man ‘slumped against a bathroom wall’ after a screaming woman’s limbs became ‘swollen’ as mystery surrounds three deaths at a luxury resort in the Bahamas.
The trio of Americans died on Friday while staying at Sandals Emerald Bay.
A fourth person has been airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital by helicopter, Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper said.
There was no evidence of trauma on any of the victims, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force, and no foul play is suspected.
The three victims, two men and a woman, were found in two separate villas.
“Officers found a Caucasian male slumped against a wall in a bathroom, unresponsive,” investigators told CNN.
They added: “The woman was also unconscious. Both individuals showed signs of convulsion. Officers examined the bodies and found no signs of trauma.”
One of the deceased has been identified as Vincent Chiarella of Birmingham, Alabama, according to his son Austin Chiarella.
Mr. Chiarella’s wife, Donnis, was also injured as the couple celebrated their anniversary, he told ABC News.
Austin told the station his mother woke up and couldn’t move while Mr Chiarella “lay on the floor”.
“Her legs and arms were swollen and she couldn’t move and she screamed for someone to come in through the door,” he said.
The night before the Chiarellas were found, they had complained of feeling unwell and were treated at a local medical facility before returning to their villa.
The investigation into the tragedy is still ongoing and no cause of death has yet been given until the autopsy results are complete.
However, a guest at the resort offered a theory as to what could have caused the three deaths.
“Three of our neighbors in the building right next to us are dead and a fourth was airlifted in critical condition early yesterday,” Chris Coucheron-Aamot posted on Facebook on Saturday.
“There were crime scene tapes and security guards all around our unit.
“It looks like it could have been a problem with the unit’s air conditioning, causing toxic coolant to leak.”
Chester Cooper said: ‘I am advised foul play is not suspected’
“I have asked the Minister of Health and Welfare, Dr Michael Darville, to lead a delegation this evening to Exuma officials of Health and Welfare, Environment and Public Works .
“We offer our thoughts and prayers to the affected families.”
A statement from the Sandals resort was released confirming the deaths.
It read: ‘We are actively working to support both the investigation and the families of the guests in any way we can during this difficult time.
“Out of respect for our customers’ privacy, we cannot release any further information at this time.”
Sandals Emerald Bay is one of a dozen all-inclusive locations across the Atlantic and Caribbean.
The resort charges thousands of dollars for a multi-night stay, while some suites offer butler services, beach access, and private patios for guests.
The Sandals resort has three pools, 11 restaurants, and a golf course among its facilities