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The Pennsylvania woman who was killed by a shark while snorkeling in the Bahamas with her family was identified Wednesday as an employee of Gannon University.
Caroline DiPlacido, 58, of Millcreek Township, was working as a project coordinator at the Erie campus when she was killed on the water excursion Tuesday, university officials said.
A 1986 college graduate, DiPlacido returned to campus in 2009 as secretary of marketing and communications.
As project coordinator, DiPlacido was actively involved in the Erie-G.A.I.N.S. of the University. Initiative and the Our West Bayfront organization.
“Caroline was a powerful presence of kindness and friendship,” said Michael Kesicki of Gannon University.
“The news is devastating and she will be missed.”
Caroline DiPlacido was on a family vacation when she was fatally attacked by a bull shark.
In addition to her husband, David, DiPlacido also leaves behind three children and her mother, as well as a large family and wide network of friends.
Several of DiPlacido’s relatives declined to comment on the tragedy.
According to police, DiPlacido arrived in the Bahamas with four family members early Tuesday morning. The group was traveling on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas on a 7-day cruise, which left Florida on Sunday.
A spokesperson told CBS News that DiPlacido was attacked by a bull shark while he was snorkeling off the scenic Green Cay area “on an independent shore excursion.”
Authorities were alerted to the attack shortly after 3 p.m. Family members tried unsuccessfully to rescue DiPlacido, who suffered “serious injuries to the left side of his body.”
Royal Caribbean International later confirmed that DiPlacido died after arriving at a local hospital.
“Royal Caribbean provides support and assistance to guests’ loved ones during this difficult time,” the company said in a statement.
Gannon University said it planned to hold a vigil for DiPlacido at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
“Let us remember Caroline with fondness and hope,” the school advised.