American woman killed in shark attack in Bahamas

The woman is believed to be in her 40s and from Boston.

An American woman was killed by a shark while paddle boarding in the Bahamas, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Police said the woman was paddle boarding with a relative near the back of Sandals Resort, three-quarters of a mile offshore, when she was attacked.

A lifeguard responded in a rescue boat, police said. CPR was administered, but the injuries on the right side of his body were more severe, police said.

Police said the woman, whose name has not been released, is in her 40s and is from Boston.

According to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File, five people were killed worldwide in unprovoked shark attacks last year: one in the United States, two in Egypt and two in South Africa.

In a statement, Sandals said, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic incident of the guest who paddle boarded nearly a mile from shore. We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of the guest. We are in close contact and are working with them to provide all possible support during this difficult time.”

ABC News’ Will Gretzky contributed to this report.

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