The newlywed who was killed by a shark while paddleboarding in the Bahamas was identified Tuesday as a math specialist from Massachusetts.
Lauren Erickson Van Wart, 44, who was vacationing at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort, died Monday after sustaining catastrophic injuries from the attack, the Royal Bahamas Police Force said in a brief update.
Van Wart, of Lowell, had been paddleboarding with her husband less than a mile off the shore of the five-star resort on New Providence island when the predator dragged her beneath the surface.
A lifeguard who witnessed the horrifying attack rescued the pair in a boat and brought them back to shore, where CPR was administered to the woman.
Van Wart was pronounced dead at the scene after she showed “no vital signs of life,” said police.
Lauren Erickson Van Wart Husband
The name of Lauren Erickson Van Wart newlywed husband was only identified as Ernest.
Ernest was not injured in the attack.
According to the Lauren’s mother-in-law, she was in the Bahamas on vacation with her husband of 13 years, Ernest.
Lauren Erickson Van Wart wedding
Van Wart had gotten married only a day before and was at the resort to celebrate her honeymoon.
Lauren Erickson Van Wart and Ernest tied the knot on 2nd December 2023.
Statement from Lauren Erickson Van Wart’s employer
Lauren Erickson Van Wart was an employee of Curriculum Associates, a technology company that specializes in educational tools and programs, such as its flagship i-Ready product.
“Our team is heartbroken and grieving the loss of a dear and trusted colleague and friend. Lauren was a beloved member of our math editorial team, and she infused her deep dedication to students and educators into every material she touched,” reads a statement from Rob Waldron, chief executive officer of Curriculum Associates. “Her commitment to excellence and outstanding work was driven by a higher purpose, focused on improving learning outcomes for all. Our Curriculum Associates community is mourning this tragedy and extends our deepest love and support to Lauren’s wonderful husband and all of her family.”