Fishermen find diver’s body off Dolphin Pointe

| 27/04/2009

(CNS):  A visitor from the United States died during a diving trip yesterday (Sunday 26 April) and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) says it has begun an investigation into the circumstances of the 58-year-old man’s death. The 911 Emergency Communications Centre received a call at approximately 1.55pm from a vessel which was taking part in the fishing tournament reporting that they had found a diver floating in the water off Dolphin Pointe, West Bay.

Moments afterwards 911 received a call from a staff member of Divers Down reporting that a diver had gone missing while on an organized dive. The fishing boat informed operators that they were coming to shore and performing CPR on the victim. Police and medics responded to the North West Point Dock where the patient was met and taken to hospital. Unfortunately, the victim was later pronounced dead. The man was on vacation in the Cayman Islands from Colorado, USA.

The RCIPS sends its condolences to the family and friends of the victim. Detectives from West Bay are investigating the death.

Police have also said that the Sand Bar is currently closed today (Monday, 27 April) due to inclement weather conditions and a further assessment will be made at 11.30am and checks will be made throughout the day by the joint Customs, Immigration and RCIPS Marine Unit and the Department of Environment. The boating community is thanked for their cooperation.

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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  1. Nicky Watson says:

    We at CNS would like to offer our condolences to the family also. However, we can’t post comments about this very sad event until after the inquest.

  2. Anonymous says:

    My condolences to the family of the diver, what a grim experience for the fishermen as well as those on the dive boat.

    Truly a sad situation for all.