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American woman killed by sharks in the Bahamas: Police

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a woman standing in front of a window: Jordan Lindsey, 21, of Torrance, Calif., was killed in a shark attack near Rose Island, in the Bahamas, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

Jordan Lindsey, 21, of Torrance, Calif., was killed in a shark attack near Rose Island, in the Bahamas, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
© Courtesy Lindsey family

An American woman has died after she was attacked by sharks while snorkeling with her family in the Bahamas, authorities said.

Jordan Lindsey, 21, of Torrance, California, was swimming in waters near Rose Island when she was bitten by multiple sharks, local police said in a statement.

Investigators believe there were three sharks involved in the attack. Lindsey's parents said they saw the sharks approaching and yelled to warn her, but she didn't respond in time, according to police.

"Jordan was 21 and such a great daughter and person. We already miss her terribly," her father, Michael Lindsey, said in a statement to ABC News.

Her right arm was torn off and she suffered bites to her left arm, both legs and buttocks. She was then taken to shore and transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to police.

"We can confirm a U.S. citizen in the Bahamas succumbed to her injuries following a shark attack on June 26," a State Department spokesperson told ABC News in a statement.

Lindsey was a student at Loyola Marymount University.

"I am saddened to share that Jordan Lindsey, a communication studies major, died on June 26, 2019. She was 21 years old," the university said in a letter to students. "Jordan was snorkeling with her family and friends in the Bahamas when she was attacked by sharks. Efforts were made to save her life, but she was pronounced dead at a hospital."

"A devoted animal lover and climate change advocate, Jordan transferred to LMU from Santa Monica College," the letter continued. "She participated in LMU's Entrepreneurship Society, the Tau Sigma National Honor Society, and worked as a communications assistant for the LMU Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering. Jordan was also a student researcher with CUREs, LMU's Center for Urban Resilience."

The investigation is ongoing. Department of Fisheries is scheduled to assess the area to determine if the water is safe.

ABC News' Ben Gittleson, Alyssa Acquavella, Matt Stone and Darren Reynolds contributed to this report.

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