Sandals Bahamas deaths: 3 Americans found dead at resort are identified

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Bahamian police on Monday identified the three Americans who were found dead late last week at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort on the island of Great Exuma.

The deceased have been confirmed as Michael Phillips, 68, Robbie Phillips, 65, of Tennessee and Vincent Chiarella, 64, of Florida. Donnis Chiarella, Vincent’s wife, is said to be in stable condition after being airlifted to a Miami hospital over the weekend.

“If you want the most beautiful long private beach with clear blue water and love to hear the waves lapping, see the sand dunes and hear the seagulls talking, this is it!” read the most recent post on a Facebook page allegedly belonging to Robbie Phillips, dated Thursday afternoon. The bodies were found on Friday.

Robbie and Michael Phillips.
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Robbie and Michael Phillips.
(Facebook/Thesandalslady)

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Michael and Robbie Phillips are co-owners of a travel agency called The Sand Lady by Royal Travel.

“Because we are highly qualified by Sandals and Beaches and because we have more experience selling these properties than other agents, we have been named a preferred agency by Sandals and Beaches Resorts,” the company says. on its website.

The couple have three children and six grandchildren, he adds.

“Robbie has been in the travel industry for over 25 years,” a biography of her on the website also states. “She has traveled all over the world and to every island in the Caribbean. She loves planning honeymoons and destination weddings.”

Paul Rolle, chief superintendent of police for the Royal Bahamas Police Force, said samples had been taken from all the victims and would be sent to a laboratory in the United States for further examination, according to the Guardian of Nassau.

The pool at Sandals Emerald Bay in June 2016.

The pool at Sandals Emerald Bay in June 2016.
(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Sandals)

Sandals, in a statement to Fox News Digital, said “it is with profound sadness that we can confirm the passing of three guests at Sandals Emerald Bay on May 6, 2022.

“A health emergency was initially reported and, in accordance with our protocols, we immediately alerted emergency health professionals and the appropriate local authorities,” he added. “We are actively working to support both the investigation as well as the families of the guests in any way we can during this difficult time.”

Royal Bahamas Police said in a statement Friday that when investigators arrived at the scene, they were “directed to the first villa.”

The beach at Sandals Emerald Bay.

The beach at Sandals Emerald Bay.
(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Sandals)

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“Upon entering a bedroom, they found a Caucasian male lying unresponsive on the floor,” the statement said. “A body examination was carried out, there was [sic] no signs of trauma found. The local doctor later pronounced the victim dead.”

Officers then proceeded to a second villa where they say a man was found unconscious and “slumped against a wall in a bathroom”. In the bedroom, a woman was found unconscious. Police said the individuals were showing signs of “convulsing”.

Fox News’ Kim Wagner contributed to this report.



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