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Woman Dies in Bahamas Shark Attack During Post-Wedding Paddleboarding

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A dream tropical honeymoon turned into tragedy this week as a young American newlywed was killed in a shocking shark attack in the Bahamas just one day after her destination wedding.

The woman, who authorities have not yet publicly identified pending family notifications, hailed originally from the Boston, Massachusetts, area. As described by the Royal Bahamas Police Force's official statements, she was fatally bitten by a shark while recreationally paddleboarding off the coast of New Providence Island Monday morning.

This was less than 24 hours after she had just been married the day prior, on Sunday, in what was meant to be the start of an idyllic couples retreat on the picturesque islands. Her new husband was not involved in the paddleboarding excursion that claimed her life.

Newlyweds Were Paddleboarding Near Popular Resort

Police say the newly married woman and a male relative had paddled out in waters located a few miles northwest of New Providence Island, approximately three-quarters of a mile from the shoreline behind the Sandals Emerald Bay luxury resort beachfront where the wedding party and guests were staying.

It was around 11 AM local time on December 4th when a lifeguard on duty from a nearby motorboat noticed the paddleboarders and witnessed a large shadowy shape lunging from the waters toward them - the first sign of impending horror.

Responding rapidly, the guard sped his vessel across the bay just over a half mile, but the tragedy unfolded quickly. As he arrived at the scene, he saw blood billowing around the woman as she struggled atop her board. Beside her, the man desperately tried fending off the attacking shark with his paddle to no avail.


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