Vincent Chiarella a Birmingham man has been identified as one of the three Americans found dead at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort on Great Exuma. Chiarella died mysteriously at the resort as one of the hotel guests speculated it could have been a faulty air conditioner.
Vincent Chiarella Wife & Son
Vincent and his wife Donnis both in their 60s had gone to the Sandals Emerald Bay resort on Great Exuma to celebrate their anniversary. Donnis who survived the ordeal says she woke up to find that “she couldn’t move” and that Vincent “was laying on the floor.”
Donnis in a statement further said that her arms and legs were swollen and she could not move. She screamed to get someone to come in the door. When the paramedics arrived they confirmed that three Americans including Vincent were found dead at the resort. The fourth, Donnis was airlifted to a hospital, Bahamas officials said.
Austin Chiarella the son of the couple confirmed that his father had died and his mom was hospitalized following what they believed to be a faulty air conditioner in a statement to WVTM-TV.
Vincent Chiarella Cause of Death
The Bahamas police said they were waiting for an autopsy report to determine the cause of death. The police said that the deceased guests had shown signs of suffering a convulsion but were not victims of trauma and foul play was not suspected.
“We believe it’s an isolated situation that revolves around four people,” Bahamas health minister Dr. Michael Darville said, without speculating on how the deaths occurred.
A guest at the luxury Bahamas resort where three Americans were discovered dead and one hospitalized Friday morning says a faulty air conditioner leaking toxic coolant may have been to blame for the tragedy. Chris Coucheron-Aamot who is staying at the Sandals Emerald Bay in a building next to where the three vacationers died — wrote in a statement on Facebook that “it sounds like it may have been a fault with the a/c” in the unit, causing a toxic coolant leak.
“It was hard to sleep last night — every time the a/c came on, I woke up,” he wrote.
Most air conditioners use a chemical called Freon, an odorless gas that can cut off vital oxygen to cells and lungs if inhaled.