Elderly snorkeller dies at Sandbar

| 30/01/2010

(CNS): A 75 year old man from Kentucky has died while snorkelling at the Sand Bar on Friday afternoon. Police say they have begun an investigation into the death of the cruise ship passenger who was on an organised trip in the Stingray City area when he became unwell and lost consciousness. The man was assisted by staff from the Department of the Environment who were nearby as well as staff from the dive company. DoE officers took the man to shore accompanied by an RCIPS marine unit boat and the man was taking to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town but he was dead on arrival.


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  1. Liability says:

    It is a disgrace that our dive and snorkel trip companies can exclude liability for death or personal injury caused by negligence.  The moral hazard is obvious – it gives them no incentive to protect their customers or determine their ability to go on these trips.  The law needs to be changed NOW to stop these exclusions just like it has been in most civilised countries.  Too many people are dying in our waters.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I wonder what is god trying to tell us with this??? with the passenger in the gay cruiseship the message  was clear, this one is a little bit trickier, I’ll wait for some hypochristian to enlighten me.

  3. Anonymous says:

    this will be a weekly occurrence if there is a floating bar.

    Old drunk tourists who are in poor shape and who can barely swim + plus irratated wild stingrays  = you tell me

  4. Anonymous says:

    Did the Department of the Environment staff or the dive crew have and use an Automated External Defibrillator, perform CPR, or engage in any other life-saving efforts?  Are they each and every one trained on how to do that?  Both the DoE and dive crews should be required to know and periodically certify themselves as to CPR, and the DoE boat in the tourist areas (at least) should certainly have AEDs on every craft to save the lives of our tourists. 

    If a person is delivered alive to the ER, they stand a very good chance of surviving.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Another case of cardiac failure which Cayman is not equipped to treat.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not true……. The Police Marine Unit was well equipped to deal with the situation at hand but the individual had a prior heart condition that nothing further than the hospital  being at the sandar might have made a difference.

      • Durrrr says:

        Good idea! Dr. Shetty’s hospital can go right next to Bernie’s bar!

    • Anonymous says:

      And how exactly do you expect the Cayman Islands to treat cardiac problems if the person is deceased when brought in. What a bunch of idiots we have living amoung us.

      To the family we offer our sincere concolences

      • Anonymous says:

        "…Automated External Defibrillator, perform CPR…"???

        …you are the first "living amoung [sic] us"!

  6. Anonymous says:

    why ? because its information, news. get it???? jeezaz what do you want the headline to be? someone dies at sandbar snorkelling? leave youguessing and callingeveryone on the island to find out who it is? some people just dont get it do they?

    • SNAP... says:

      If you re-read the post, and actually THINK about it, then maybe you would understand what was being said…

      Wow – there really are some thicker-‘n-$h!t people out there…

  7. Concerned says:

    It must be something in the water… So many divers can’t be just dying like that……

  8. Amen says:

    Why do they have to identify this person as "A 75 year old man from Kentucky"???

    (Just a pointed jab at the moron on the murder story who took um at the victim being identified as a "Jamaican national living in BT". – This is just how we id the dead until next of kin are notified.  Point made with this story.)

    Rest in peace.