Man identified as one of three Bahamas resort deaths while wife is hospitalized

An Alabama man has been identified as one of three victims who died in a mysterious incident at a resort in the Bahamas.

Vincent Chiarella, of Birmingham, died at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort in Great Exuma, his son Austin told ABC News. Chiarella also said that his mother, Donnis, was injured but survived.

“She woke up and my dad was lying on the floor, and she couldn’t move,” the grieving son told the TV station. “Her legs and arms were swollen and she couldn’t move and screamed for someone to come in the door.”

Chiarella said her parents, both in their 60s, were celebrating their wedding anniversary. His mother was airlifted to a hospital in Florida, he said.

“I’m heartbroken right now,” Chiarella said. “My father was everything to me.”

The three tourists were found dead at the Sandals resort on Friday morning, and police are still investigating what happened.

The names of the other two victims have not been publicly released.

The RBPF said police found the three victims dead in two villages at the resort. “No signs of trauma” were found, the agency said, but the two bodies found in the second village showed “signs of seizure”.

“New Providence detectives are on the island of Exuma investigating the deaths of two adult men and an adult woman,” the Royal Bahamas Police Force said in a statement. demonstration.

“Our initial investigations revealed that the couple found in the second village had complained of illness the night before,” the RBPF said. “They attended the local medical center and, after receiving treatment, returned to their accommodation.”

Police say they are awaiting the results of an autopsy report to determine the cause of the deaths.

A resort guest suggested that something toxic might be leaking from the air conditioners.

“Looks like it may have been a glitch with the air conditioning,” wrote Chris Coucheron-Aamot on Facebook, as reported by the paper. New York Post. “It was hard to sleep last night – every time the air conditioner turned on, I woke up.”

Many air conditioners use Freon, a cooling chemical that can be deadly if inhaled. However, the police have yet to mention this as a possible cause of death.

In a statement, Sandals Resorts said it was cooperating with the investigation.

“It is with deep sadness that we can confirm the death of three guests at the Emerald Bay Resort on May 6, 2022,” the company said. “A health emergency was initially reported and, following our protocols, we immediately alerted emergency medical professionals and relevant local authorities to provide support and investigate the situation.”

The Independent contacted Sandals Resorts for further comments.

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