Mum of woman, 21, mauled to death by shark fought off beast by punching it in the nose before her daughter died in her arms


THE mum of a woman who was mauled to death by a shark tried to fight the beast by punching it in the nose before her daughter died in her arms.

Jordan Lindsey, 21, was snorkelling off Rose Island in the Bahamas when two tiger sharks attacked her in front of her mum Kami in June.

Jordan was snorkelling off Rose Island when the tiger sharks attacked
Holidaymakers later spotted the sharks from a boat
Jordan’s distraught dad Michael with her girlfriend Gianna Gabrielle-Kasparek on Good Morning America

Kami fought off the sharks by punching them in the nose and hauled her daughter onto rocks.

Dad Michael told how his daughter desperately tried to escape after she had most of her right arm ripped off by one shark,

As she screamed in terror, mum Kami risked her own life swimming towards her to save her.

Michael, who had been with the rest of the family petting pigs nearby, told Good Morning America: “Kami said she heard Jordan yell, “mom”.

“And then Kami looked back and her first thing was she thought dolphins were around Jordan.”

Fighting back tears, Michael added: “She’s yelling, “Jordan, come swim to me,” and then Jordan is not swimming so good and then Kami realised the first shark took most of her right arm off.”

Jordan made it to her mum, but at that moment a second shark struck – ripping off her leg.

Michael recalled: “They’re swimming slowly and Jordan said, ‘Mom, there’s another shark coming,’ and then it just hit the second shark hit again like on her lower leg.

“[The shark] just took a giant chunk out of her – and then that’s the last thing Jordan said.”


The family, from Los Angeles, had been on the third day of their much-anticipated luxury holiday when the horror attack took place.

Michael added: “[Kami] seen her poor daughter die in her arms and it’s just – it’s crazy.

“Kami doesn’t like the nights because once she closes her eyes she’s back in that water again.”

Remembering his final moments with Jordan, Michael – who has cried “every night” since the June 26 tragedy – said: “I just kissed her on the forehead and said, see you later, Jordan”.

Jordan’s girlfriend, Gianna Gabrielle-Kasparek, told GMA that Jordan was “really smart” and had “the biggest heart”.

She added: “[Jordan] cared a lot about me and her family.”

The family are calling for greater safety for snorkellers on the island – including having medical supplies on boats and training staff in first aid.

The attack is thought to be the first shark-related fatality in the Bahamas for over 10 years.

Tiger sharks: Fierce predators designed to kill

TIGER sharks are considered one of the world's most dangerous sharks.

They rank number two after the Great White in recorded fatal attacks on humans.

Their name derives from the dark stripes down their bodies – mimicking a tiger’s pattern.

They can grow to be more than 16ft in length – but typically reach around 13ft.

Their teeth are unique with very sharp, pronounced serrations and an unmistakable sideways-pointing tip.

Tiger sharks are usually solitary, nocturnal hunters.

The breen typically eats crustaceans, fish, seals, birds, squid, turtles, sea snakes, dolphins and even smaller sharks.

They live in tropical and temperate waters.

The predator is considered a near-threatened species.

Jordan had been on holiday with her family in the Bahamas when she was attacked by sharks
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Jordan Lindsey was 21 when she was savaged
Jordan was declared dead at Nassau’s Doctor’s Hospital
Her grieving dad Michael told how she loved animals

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