An American tourist has lost her leg after being bitten by a shark while vacationing in Turks and Caicos, police say.
The 22-year-old female from Connecticut and a friend were snorkeling in the waters off Providenciales island Wednesday when they were attacked, The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force said in a statement posted to Instagram, that later appeared removed on Friday.
The statement added that a resort employee on the island “indicated that the female victim had her leg bitten off by a shark.”
The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force and an ambulance responded to the scene.
The reported attack in the Caribbean country comes days after a Pennsylvania teenager, surfing for the first time in South New Jersey over the weekend, suffered injuries authorities said are consistent with those of a shark attack.
Fox 29 in Philadelphia reported that a 15-year-old girl was surfing in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, at 109th Street on Sunday afternoon when she was bitten.
It is unknown what type of shark allegedly bit the teenager.
A shark swims toward a group of divers during a shark dive off of Jupiter, Florida, in February 2022. It is unclear what kind of shark reportedly attacked the tourist in Turks and Caicos. (JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)
In Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a great white shark also was seen over the weekend eating a seal.