According to reports in the Bahamian press, three tourists from the US, two men and a woman, were found dead at the resort on 6 May; and a fourth person is reported to have been airlifted to hospital. Royal Bahamas Police confirmed that three deceased guests had been found in two villas at the resort in Great Exuma with ‘no signs of trauma’, with all three later pronounced dead by a local doctor.
According to Bahamas’ acting prime minister Chester Cooper, the cause of death was ‘still unknown’, and ‘foul play is not suspected’, as police are currently awaiting the results of an autopsy report.
A spokesperson for Sandals Resorts International said: "Nothing is more important to Sandals Resorts than the safety of our guests. It is with deep sadness that we can confirm the passing of three guests at Emerald Bay Resort on 6 May.
"A health emergency was initially reported and following our protocols we immediately alerted emergency medical professionals and relevant local authorities to provide support and investigate the situation.
"We are actively working to support both the investigation as well as the guests’ families in every way possible during this difficult time. Out of respect for the privacy of our guests, we cannot disclose further information at this time."