Three US citizens who died at the Sandals Resort in the Bahamas in May died of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Royal Bahamas Police on Wednesday.
“We can officially confirm that all three victims have died as a result of suffocation due to carbon monoxide poisoning,” the Bahamian police said in a statement to the press. “This issue continues to be actively investigated.”
The source of carbon monoxide was not clear.
Michael Phillips, 68; Lobby Phillips, 65; Vincent Chiarella, 64 years old. On May 6th, it turned out to be unresponsive at Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma. Chiarella’s wife, Donis, was hospitalized in a critical situation and Reportedly A few weeks later he was discharged from a hospital in the Miami area. Her current health is currently unknown.
“Despite initial speculation, Bahamian authorities have stated that the cause is in one independent structure that accommodates two separate rooms and has nothing to do with the resort’s air conditioning system, food and beverage services, landscaping services, or fouls. We concluded that it was an isolated incident. Sandals Resort said in a statement to the press in May.
Luxury resort sandals have carbon monoxide (odorless gas) detectors installed in all guest rooms of Sandals Emerald Bay and are not required at any destination in the Caribbean, but the detectors are overall. He added that it will be installed in all guest rooms. Portfolio. “
The company also recently told the press that it “has taken additional steps, such as hiring an environmental safety expert,” to review the system.
About a month ago, Bahamian officials suspected that it was carbon monoxide poisoning that killed three American tourists, although little details were provided and not officially confirmed. Was there. None of the three Americans showed any signs of trauma, according to the Royal Bahamian Police.
“Several investigations are still underway at Sandals Resort,” Bahamas Health Minister Dr. Michael Durville told Witness News at the time.
A few days after their death was confirmed, the US State Department issued a statement that it was “closely monitoring” the situation.
“We can see the deaths of three US citizens in the Bahamas. We are closely monitoring local government investigations into the cause of death. We are ready to provide support for all appropriate consulates. We have nothing more to add at this time to respect the privacy of our families, “an agency spokesman told the media at the time.
Sandals are not immediately responding to requests for comment.