Tourist dies diving off north shore of Brac

| 13/10/2008

(CNS): A 53 year-old man from Georgia, USA passed away while diving on Sunday (12 October) in Cayman Brac. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) has begun an investigation following the receipt of a call to the 911 Emergency Communications Centre at around 10.40 am reporting that a diver had got into difficulties following a boat dive off the north shore of Cayman Brac.

“It would appear that the deceased got into difficulties while swimming back to the dive boat after his first dive,” said Sergeant Matthew Dawson. “He lost consciousness while being assisted back to the vessel and despite prolonged CPR and other first aid efforts by the staff on board, never regained consciousness.”

The diver, who was an experienced and fully qualified diver, was subsequently pronounced dead. Police are investigating the cause of the tragedy and express sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. The deceased had been on board a vessel operated by Reef Divers and was in a group of tourists from Georgia in the U.S.A who arrived on the island on 11 October.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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