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47-Year-Old Woman Disappears After Deadly Shark Attack Encounter During Recent Trip to Bahamas

Published 11/23/2023, 12:13 AM EST

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Chances of survival for the missing 47-year-old German tourist seem to grow bleaker by the day as no new reports have surfaced about her survival. The tourist had gone missing in the Tiger Beach area in West End, Bahamas on Tuesday.

The tourist whose name has not been disclosed so far had disappeared after encountering a shark attack during a diving excursion. It is suspected that a tiger shark, which the namesake beach and area is famous for, attacked her.

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The missing lady was part of a diving expedition in the Grand Bahamas’ West End. She went underwater in the area off Tiger Beach to look for the eponymous shark. Tiger Beach is a popular tourist destination, known for its varied shark population, and a popular spot for shark diving. The area is also home to Tiger sharks which are known to be dangerous and aggressive. However, few would have expected the tragic turn of events as shark attacks are rare in the Bahamas.

According to local news outlet Eyewitness News, the German tourist went for the dive at 10.30 in the morning. She had not been in the water for long when she came across the shark. Eyewitnesses reported that she briefly came to the surface before vanishing into the depths.

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While fighting for her life, she appears to have lost her diving equipment. Rescuers set out in boats to provide aid as soon as the shark attack was reported. They found no trace of the woman except her diving equipment. The uncertainty surrounding her status has settled into the local community as a deep sense of fear and concern. This shark attack has reminded them of the brave battle of another woman in the Bahamas and set them up in the hope of a recap.

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A narrow escape from death

Despite the fact, that shark attacks are uncommon, in June, an experienced diver named Heidi Ernst from Iowa suffered a shark attack in the Bahamas. The 73-year-old woman was climbing onto a boat when the shark caught her leg in its jaws. The brave woman fought the beast while it was flailing about in the water, eager to carry off its prey. But Ernst’s resolve to live triumphed and the shark had to let go of her. Soon after this ordeal, she received first aid on the boat that stopped the bleeding.

Read More: “It Was Just Like a Truck Hit Me”: 73-Year-Old Shark Attack Survivor Gets Her Leg Amputated, Recalls the Harrowing Incident

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This was Ernst’s 500th dive and was probably her last one. The surgeons had to amputate her leg to save her from the risk of infection. Although tragic in its own way, the local community was happy to escape the news of a fatality. Now, they are hoping the German woman reaches the shores alive, regardless of her condition.

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Anchal Ahuja

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I am Anchal Ahuja, an Olympic Sports writer at EssentiallySports. My love for sports grew when I first watched Olympics when I was 7-years-old. Growing up as I started to delve deeper into the sporting realm, I decided to move on with my new passion with all new hopes to get success.
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