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Caroline DiPlacido: The Timeline of Events that Led to the Shark Attack

The death of 58-year-old Caroline Diplacido, killed in a shack attack on Tuesday in the Bahamas, was an unimaginable tragedy.

The Pennsylvania woman was snorkeling with her family when it was reported a bull shark attacked her on Green Cay which is a half mile off Rose Island, a popular tourist site.

Sunday, September 4

Caroline DiPlacido and 5 members of her family which included her children, boarded the Royal Caribbean Cruise, Harmony of the Seas for a 7-day cruise from Orlando, Florida. The vacation onboard Royal Caribbean was a round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise, which started Sunday, September 4 and was expected to end on Sunday, September 11.


Monday, September 5

Caroline and her family visited a private island, Coco Cay, Bahamas.

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Tuesday, September 6

The cruise ship arrived at the port in Nassau, Bahamas, where Caroline and her family disembarked Harmony of the Seas at 7 am.  They booked Seas the Day Bahamas Tours, a local private tour agency that took them to snorkel off Green Cay.

During the excursion, sometime before 3 pm, a bull shark attacked her, biting her to the upper left side of the body, police say. The family made attempts to rescue her but was unsuccessful. Family and tour operators finally were able to help her and she was rushed to the boat for assistance. She was eventually carried to Montague Ramp where medical personnel tried to resuscitate her. She died sometime later on the scene and was transported to the morgue.

Wednesday, September 7

A pathologist and officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force visited the scene around 1 pm to conduct an assessment of the area.

The area of Green Cay was closed off to the public.


Featured Image: Nassau Guardian

Tour Company ‘Shocked’ Over Tragic Death of US Tourist in Shark Attack

The tour company that took Caroline DePlacido on an independent excursion when she was killed by a shark, has been identified as Seas the Day Bahamas Tours.

In a post on social media, the boating tour company expressed shock at her unfortunate death.

“All of us at Seas the Day are deeply saddened and shocked by the shark attack at Green Cay…” the company said.

DePlacido, a faculty member at Gannon University in Pennysylvania, booked the company on Tuesday afternoon after she and her family disembarked from the Royal Caribbean Cruise Harmony of the Seas for a snorkeling excursion.

Seas the Day Bahamas Tours then took the family of 5 to 7 members to Green Cay which is half a mile off the popular tourist site, Rose Island. During the course of snorkeling, a bull shark attacked the 58-year-old mother as her children looked on.

She was eventually rescued by her family and the tour operators, who took her to Montague Ramp. All attempts to resuscitate her were futile and she died.

Seas the Day Bahamas describes itself as a boat tour agency that operates excursions “from Nassau to Exuma, Eleuthera, Rose Island and the Underwater Statues of Nassau.”

Reviews on its social media page were favorable. Cindy Krapcho did an excursion on Rose Island, and said her last trip with Captain Welly and Maddy was “fabulous.” She described the crew as “super friendly, knowledgeable and professional.”

Holly Elrod also recommended the tour agency as she reminisced on her last stop on Rose Island which was “the most beautiful beach we’ve ever seen.”

“The turquoise waters were just unbelievable to see,” she said.”

Seas the Day Bahamas has since requested prayers for the family of DiPlacido.

Police confirmed that she suffered an injury to her upper body.

After the incident, her visibly distraught children were seen being comforted as they come to grips with the unimaginable death.

The Royal Bahamas Defense Force and the Royal Bahamas Police Force visited the site of the attack on Wednesday and have since closed off the area.