Tourist dies after snorkelling in rough waters

| 30/08/2011

(CNS): Police said that a 42-year-old man who had been snorkelling off Barkers yesterday afternoon (Monday 29 August) died after getting into difficulty. The authorities received a report at about 2:40 pm that the man was in distress on the beach in the Pappagallo area. It appears that the visitor and his partner, who are both visiting Cayman from the US, were snorkelling about 400 meters from the shore when the sea became choppy. As the pair made their way back to shore the man got into difficulties. He was assisted onto the beach and his partner administered CPR. Ambulance personnel attended the scene and the man was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town, where he was found to be dead on arrival.

Police enquiries into the incident are ongoing but at this stage there would appear to be no suspicious circumstances.

 

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  1. The river that flows! says:

    Oh boy, life is so fragile!  If only you knew how you have impacted my life.  Sorry this is how I get to say goodbye to you.  So glad you gave me the opportunity to have known you for a brief moment. Now that you have reached the end of your journey, only God knows how  you will be missed.  You have gone home to the Father,  so long and farewell, rest in peace until we meet again…!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh boy, life is so fragile!  If only you knew how you have impacted my life.  Sorry this is how I get to say goodbye to you.  So glad you gave me the opportunity to have known you for a brief moment. Now that you have reached the end of your journey, only God knows how  you will be missed.  You have gone home to the Father,  so long and farewell, rest in peace until we meet again…!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I love you Tori, you will be missed beyond words. You were to say the least a success story, I will always speak of you fondly with a smile onmy face. You where there for me when I was alone. Words can not express my gratitude for your placement in my life Thank You friend. You will be missed, untill next time. Tori sorry, one more thing please keep an eye on the big guy for me, I dont think he can face the world without you, you made it a better place. I'm so proud of you. I love you 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why has this become a debate on lifeboats, when the guy got into trouble close to land and was brought to shore in what is basically a remote area???   What more could be done, I understand the 911 call was made when he was on shore?  Any excuse to have a go at anything!

     

  5. Anonymous says:

     

    Sorry for your loss. This happens way too often in the relarively calm waters of Grand Cayman.

    Now some advice…if you're on SCUBA or snorkling you should not feel tired. If you feel you're exercising you're doing it wrong. The whole thing about enjoying the water should be relaxation. You have to relax and keep your heart rate down to conserve air and to extend your time in the water. This is true for SCUBA and snorkeling. Relax guys and treat your time in the water as meditation not exercise. You do not have to be fit to be in the water and you should be able to keep up the activity until you're 90.

     

  6. Anonymous says:

    We have an RCIPS Marine Unit with three boats (most always on land at the GT Fire Station), a Port Authority with two boats (often seen on land at the container port), DoEH with a few boats (usually chasing poachers). So it seems we have reasonable resources to pool and form some kind of a rescue/response unit – if someone could ever come up with a system.

    I would bet that none of the above fall under the coordination remit under disaster response, through Hazard Management Cayman Islands – our disaster preparedness & response agency. My guess is, Search & Rescue is not considered as disasters.   

  7. Whats good for the goose.. says:

    Cayman already has 'Lifeboats' in the form of the few million dollars spent on the current marine unit fleet the RCIPS has. While they are currently sorting out issues with the larger boats, the two large rigid bottom pursuit boats with triple outboards would exceed the performance characteristics & rescue ability of anything sourced from Britain, as they are custom designed for the application to suit multiple roles. 

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is tragic. I am sure that as a nation, we grieve with you for the loss of your loved one.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Time for a dedicated Lifeboat service crewed by people that know what they are doing. RNLI vessels can be purchased for very little money. train volunteers. 3/4 all weather lifeboats would cost a 10th of the police rubber dingies.

    • Anonymous says:

      You don't know what you are talking about.  Why would a volunteer lifeboat crew have made any difference – you have to know someone is in trouble first, and it's a bit late when they are back on land.  Why make such a comment on a sad event just to score a point… pathetic