A British woman who was in Nice, France, during July 14's terrorist attack has apologized after she told interviewers that her shopping trip was "spoiled" by the massacre that left at least 84 dead.
Lucy Nesbitt-Comaskey reportedly told Sky News that she was upset about her shopping trip being ruined by the grim events.
"The sad thing about it, and I know this is awful and maybe a bit selfish but it did spoil our shopping trip," Nesbitt-Comaskey said, according to the Independent.
"We bought all this lovely shopping and now I can’t be bothered with it," she added. "It just doesn’t mean anything now."
The Bastille Day attack left 84 dead, including several children, and more than a dozen seriously injured, according to the French interior ministry's latest count, the Independent reports. The attacker drove a truck into a promenade where a huge crowd of people had gathered to enjoy the holiday. The man was shot dead at the scene by French police.
Nesbitt-Comaskey said that she was visiting Nice with a friend and was only a block away when the attack happened. She added that she had planned on going to the fireworks show on the promenade but decided against it at the last second because she had to go to the bathroom.
"It sounded like an attack in Beirut – I said to my friend, this doesn’t sound like fireworks, this sounds like Beirut when it’s under attack," she said, describing the attack.
"All of a sudden people were screaming in the street and running … everybody came into our restaurant," she added.
She said the restaurants on the street were urging everyone to run inside.
"We were literally one block away," she added. "It was shocking. It was devastating and I can’t believe I’ve come over here for a few days and I’ve got mixed up in something so tragic. It was just awful."
After Nesbitt-Comaskey's comments to Sky News, she received a social media backlash. Nesbitt-Comaskey posted an apology on Facebook on July 15, according to the Daily Mail, in which she said that her words had come out wrong because of her shock after the attack.
"My sincere condolences to the French people who lost have lost their loved [ones] today in Nice," she wrote in the post. "I'm deeply sorry if my interview with Sky News sounded uncompassionate. I was totally distressed and shocked. My words came out wrong. Once again sorry."