(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — An Erie woman was reportedly killed in a shark attack this week while on vacation with her family in the Bahamas.
Police on the island of New Providence are investigating after an Erie, Pennsylvania woman was reportedly attacked by a bull shark in the waters at Green Cay, northwest of the private island of Rose Island, near Nassau.
According to police, the shark attack happened just before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Police report the woman and her family were on a tour, snorkeling in the waters northwest of Rose Island, in the Bahamas, when the 58-year-old woman was attacked.
The woman reportedly received serious injuries to the left side of her body. Police say tour operators along with family members attempted to rescue her, but were unsuccessful.
She was transported to the Fort Montagu ramp via the Sea the Day, tour boat. She was then pronounced dead by emergency medical services.
A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean confirmed to Nexstar that the incident happened during an “independent shore excursion” and added that the cruise line is “providing support and assistance to the guest’s loved ones during this difficult time.”
The woman, who was a passenger aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, has been identified as Caroline DiPlacido, an employee at Gannon University in downtown Erie.
Gannon University released the following statement, in part, to its students and staff:
“Yesterday, we learned the sad news of the sudden passing of Caroline DiPlacido, ‘86, project coordinator for the Office of Community and Government Relations, Erie Campus. She was vacationing with her family in the Bahamas,” said Father Michael Kesicki. “Along with her efforts to further the mission of Erie-GAINS and Our West Bayfront, Caroline was a powerful presence of kindness and friendship to colleagues, students, and the wider community and cherished many family ties to Gannon. The news is devastating, and she will be missed.
“We pray for Caroline as she crosses over to eternity. We pray for her husband, David, her children, David, Robert and Allison, her mother, Olivia, and her wider family. Let us remember Caroline with affection and hope… Let us also care for each other today and always. May the angels lead her into paradise.”
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