3 Americans found dead at Bahamas resort, cause of death under investigation

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(EXUMA, Bahamas) — An investigation is underway after three American tourists were found dead at a Bahamas resort on Friday, officials said.

The guests were staying at the Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma, Sandals confirmed.

Resort staff contacted the George Town Police Station shortly after 9 a.m. Friday that a man was found unresponsive in a villa, and while en route it was reported that another man and women were found unresponsive in another villa, police said.

Police found the man in the first villa lying on the ground with no signs of trauma, authorities said. In the second villa, the man was found “slumped against a wall in a bathroom” and the woman was found on a bed, the Royal Bahamas Police Force said in a statement.

“Both individuals showed signs of convulsion,” police said. No signs of trauma were found on either bodies.

Police are working to confirm the identities of the deceased.

Bahamas Minister of Health & Wellness Dr. Michael Darville told ABC News that some hotel guests went to a clinic Thursday with nausea and vomiting, were treated and left. Three were later found dead, while a fourth, a woman, was flown to a hospital in New Providence and is in stable condition, he said.

Environmental health scientists, physicians and others are investigating to ensure there was not a public health hazard, said Darville, who called it an “isolated incident.”

“There’s no potential risk to any of the residents on Exuma as well as residents at the resort or any other resort on the on Exuma,” he said.

Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper said in a statement Friday that the cause of death is unknown but no foul play is suspected.

Sandals said it was “actively working to support both the investigation as well as the guests’ families in every way possible.”

“A health emergency was initially reported and following our protocols we immediately alerted emergency medical professionals and relevant local authorities,” the company said in a statement. “Out of respect for the privacy of our guests, we cannot disclose further information at this time.”

ABC News’ Jason Volack, Caroline Guthrie and Alexandra Faul contributed to this report.

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