Categories: World News

Three US Tourists Die In Caribbean Drowning Tragedy


Three American tourists have drowned in the Turks and Caicos Islands after apparently getting caught in a fast-moving tide fueled by high winds, authorities and local residents said Tuesday.

The victims – two men and a woman — were from two families from Texas who were spending the holidays together, along with their two girls, police said.

They had been exploring scenic Bambarra Beach on the sparsely populated island of Middle Caicos when disaster struck on Monday, police and local residents said.

The children were plucked from the ocean by rescuers and were being cared for by local social welfare services.

The body of a 34-year-old woman washed ashore shortly after the incident. Searchers scouring the beaches recovered the second body a few hours later. The third was discovered early this morning with assistance from the US Coast Guard.

Residents said the families may have been attempting to cross the half-mile distance through shallow water from Bambarra Beach to nearby Pelican Cay.

Police Commissioner Trevor Botting described the incident as a “terrible tragedy.”

“Five tourists from two families got into difficulties in the waters off Middle Caicos. Whilst two children were thankfully recovered alive from the water, two adults related to one of the girls were recovered but sadly they had died. One other man, related to the other child, was found early today and has also died,” he said.

The tragedy has triggered calls locally for increased warning signs on the islands’ often deserted beaches.

The Turks and Caicos Islands is British overseas territory that consists of two island chains southeast of the Bahamas

Rejoice Ewodage

Disqus Comments Loading...
Published by
Rejoice Ewodage
Tags: Caribbean Drowning us

Recent Posts

  • World News

British Ministers To Fast-Track Post-Brexit Trade Deal

  Britain was seeking to fast-track a crucial post-Brexit trade deal with the United States on Wednesday after new Prime…

2 mins ago
  • Headlines

Nigerians In South Africa Demand Release Of Sowore, Others

Some Nigerian residing in South Africa have protested against Omoyele Sowore's arrest.

8 mins ago
  • Sports

Schalke Suspend Chairman Over Racist Comment

  German Bundesliga club Schalke has suspended chairman Clemens Toennies for three months following widespread condemnation of racist comments he…

13 mins ago
  • World News

British Airways Cancels Flights After ‘Systems’ Failure

  British Airways was forced to cancel some flights to and from London on Wednesday after it suffered "a systems…

26 mins ago
  • Crime Watch

Police Arraign Six ‘Revolution Now’ Protesters

  The Lagos State Criminal Intelligence and Information Department (SCIID) Panti has arraigned six persons who allegedly took part in…

2 hours ago
  • Sports

Rooney To Join Derby As Player-Coach In January

  Former England captain Wayne Rooney is to leave Washington-based DC United after agreeing on a deal to become player-coach of…

13 hours ago