A desperate mum risked her own life trying to save her daughter moments after she was ripped apart by sharks in the Bahamas.

The Sun reports that Kami Lindsey was just “a few feet away” from Jordan, 21, when three tiger sharks cornered her in Rose Island.

The women were holidaying with other family members when they ventured off to a different part of the island on Wednesday.

Husband and dad Michael Lindsey said the attack “happened so fast” that Kami could only recover Jordan’s body and drag her to the shore.

Mr Lindsey said: “My wife, Kami, and Jordan went snorkelling on another part of the island. My wife was near Jordan, a few feet away, when the shark attacked.

“She said it happened so fast and no one yelled anything. My wife got to Jordan and pulled her to shore by herself.”

Jordan lost her right arm and suffered extensive bites to her left arm, both legs and buttocks, leading to massive blood loss.

She was pronounced dead at Nassau’s Doctor’s Hospital.

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

Jace Holton, 32, a tourist who was also on the trip, took photographs of two sharks still lurking in the vicinity after the attack.

He said: “Some of the people that were actually in the water at the time were describing how it was a pretty horrific scene.”

Expressing his grief, Mr Lindsey told ABC7: “Jordan was such a great daughter. We already miss her terribly.

“She was so caring, she loved all animals it’s ironic she would die getting attacked by a shark.”

He claimed his wife did not even know that Jordan was killed by three sharks until the Royal Bahamas Police Force confirmed.

Ms Lindsey was a communications student and environmental researcher at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles.

Timothy Law Snyder, the president of LMU, described her as an animal lover and a climate change campaigner. A GoFundMe account has been set up by her family to pay the costs of repatriating her body.

Rose Island is described as a “private beach paradise” where day-trippers are offered the opportunity to swim off the beach with tame pigs before moving to another beach to snorkel.

This story originally appeared in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.