College student Jordan Lindsey killed by three sharks while snorkeling during Bahamas vacation was ‘devoted animal lover’

A “devoted animal lover” from California has been identified as the college student killed by a group of sharks while she was snorkeling with her family during a vacation in the Bahamas.

“Her name was Jordan Lindsey… we already miss her so much,” her father, Michael Lindsey, said in a statement to NBC News.

“She loved all animals. It’s ironic she would die getting attacked by a shark.”

Lindsey, a 21-year-old communication studies major at Loyola Marymount University, was enjoying some fun in the sun near Rose Island on Wednesday when the fatal attack unfolded. Her parents and other family members spotted the sharks and tried to warn her, but she didn’t hear them in time.

Kami Lindsey, the student’s mother, was also in the water at the time but the attack happened too quickly for her to provide any real help. She did her best to pull her daughter’s injured body to the shore, but she’d already lost too much blood, Michael Lindsey recalled.

They rushed Lindsey to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon, according to a statement from the Royal Bahamas Police. Officials said her right arm was entirely severed in the attack. Her arms, legs and buttocks were also bitten.

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Authorities believe she was attacked by three sharks and are still investigating the incident.

“The ministry of tourism on behalf of the Government and the people of Bahamas expresses its condolences and deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of the victim of Wednesday’s shark attack off Rose Island, near New Providence,” government officials said in a statement.

The family has since started a GoFundMePage to help with funeral costs and transporting her Lindsey’s body back home to California.

They remembered her as “a beloved daughter, sister, girlfriend and friend” with “the most beautiful, gentle soul.” Loyola Marymount President Timothy Law Snyder in a statement mourned Lindsey’s death and described her as a “devoted animal lover and climate change advocate.”

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