Great Exuma, BAHAMAS – Three American tourists were found dead in their hotel rooms at a luxury resort in the Bahamas on Friday and a fourth person found unresponsive was airlifted to a hospital.
The first bodies were found by hotel employees at about 9 a.m. on May 6 in a villa at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort on Great Exuma, the Daily Mail reported.
Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officers responded to the scene from the George Town Police Station.
While they were on the way to the luxury resort, hotel employees found two more people down in another villa on the resort property, according to a press release from RBPF.
Police went to the first villa when they arrived at the resort and found a Caucasian male unresponsive on the floor.
There was no sign of trauma to the man’s body, according to the police report.
A local doctor later pronounced the man dead.
The officers then went to the second villa where they found another man unconscious on the bedroom floor, according to RBPF.
The press release said a Caucasian woman was also found unresponsive on a bed in a bedroom.
Police said that both of the victims in the second villa showed signs they had suffered from convulsions before they died.
Investigators learned that the couple in the second villa had felt ill the day before and went to a local medical facility for treatment, according to the RBPF press release.
Police said the couple were treated and released and then returned to their villa at the Sandals resort.
Bahamian Health Minister Michael Darville confirmed to Eyewitness News Bahamas that “some individuals” from the Sandals resort had visited a hospital with symptoms of nausea and vomiting.
Health Minister Dr Michael Darville, who led delegation to investigate the deaths of 3 Americans at Sandals on Friday and an American woman airlifted to NP for medical treatment, says the incident appears to be limited to the four guests in a “particular area”. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/ITFPfZgZlA
— Eyewitness News Bahamas (@ewnewsbahamas) May 7, 2022
“The coroner was appraised of the facts surrounding both scenes. The police will await an autopsy report to determine the exact cause of death,” the police press release read.
Exuma MP and Minister of Tourism Chester Cooper announced later in the day that a fourth American – another Caucasian woman – had also been found unresponsive at the Emerald Bay resort and was airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital on the island of Nassau.
A Statement from the Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Chester Cooper regarding the death of three Americans at a resort property in Exuma. pic.twitter.com/hwe2Ahkvin
— Latrae L. Rahming (@latraelrahming) May 6, 2022
No information on the woman’s identity or medical condition has been released.
Cooper said the investigation was ongoing and the causes of death for the three Americans were not yet known.
“However, I am advised that foul play is not suspected,” the tourism minister said in a statement.