Sandals Bahamas deaths: son of American hospitalized in Miami says she woke up and “couldn’t move”

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A mother’s son who was flown to a Miami hospital over the weekend after falling ill at Resort in the Bahamas where three other Americans were found dead, she says she woke up during the health scare and “couldn’t move,” according to a report.

Austin Chiarella, son of Vincent and Donnis Chiarella, said the Alabama couple in their 60s were celebrating their wedding anniversary at the 5-star Sandals Emerald Bay resort in Great Exuma when the incident occurred on Friday, according to ABC News.

“She woke up and my dad was lying on the floor and couldn’t move,” Austin recalled his mom after talking to her over the weekend, the station reported. “His legs and his arms [were] swollen and couldn’t move and yelled to let someone in through the door. ”

The pool area of ​​the Sandals Emerald Bay resort in June 2016.
(Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for sandals)


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

Donnis, her son also said, reported feeling ill on Thursday but “thought she was fine” after being discharged from a clinic in the Bahamas.

He told ABC News he was contacted by the US embassy on Friday night.

The deceased were not publicly identified by officials. The other two victims – a man and a woman – were found on the other side of the split villa facing the sea where the Chiarellas were staying, NBC’s “Today” show reported.

Investigators at the scene are now examining the water heater, air conditioner and propane supply for possible leaks, the network added.

The autopsy results could arrive as early as Monday.

Police in the area said it was unclear how the people died, saying their death was “sudden”.

Sandals resort

Sandals resort
(Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for sandals)

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Sandals said “nothing is more important to Sandals Resorts than the safety of our guests.

“It is with deep sadness that we can confirm the deaths of three guests at Sandals Emerald Bay on May 6, 2022. A health emergency was initially reported and, following our protocols, we immediately alerted emergency room professionals and relevant local authorities. “, continues the statement. “We are actively working to support both investigations and guest families in any way possible during this difficult time.”

We are actively working to support both investigations and guest families in any way possible during this difficult time.

– Sandals Resorts


A The State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital on Saturday who is “closely monitoring” the investigation into the deaths of the Americans.

“We can confirm the deaths of three US citizens in the Bahamas. We are closely monitoring local authorities’ investigations into the cause of death. We are ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance. Out of respect for the privacy of families, we have nothing else to add. right now, “the spokesperson said.

“Upon their arrival at the scene they were directed to the first mansion. Upon entering a bedroom, they found a Caucasian male lying on the ground unresponsive,” the Royal Bahama Police Force said in a statement posted on Twitter. “A body examination was conducted, there was [sic] no signs of trauma found. The local doctor then declared the victim dead “.

Police officers went to a second villa where a man was found numb and “slumped against a wall in a bathroom”. In the bedroom, a woman was found numb. Police said the individuals showed signs of “convulsions”.

Part of the interior of the Sandals Emerald Bay resort.

Part of the interior of the Sandals Emerald Bay resort.
(Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for sandals)


“The officers examined the bodies and found no signs of trauma. The local doctor subsequently declared both people dead,” Bahama police said.

According to police, a couple attempted to get medical attention the night before.

Fox News’ Adam Sabes and Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.