Tourist dies while swimming off 7MB

| 05/06/2009

(CNS): A woman who was visiting the Cayman Islands on a cruise ship died on Wednesday 3 June while swimming off the Seven Mile Beach. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) said this evening that it has launched an investigation into the death of the visitor. The 62-year-old woman had been brought to shore unconscious and was pronounced dead at the Cayman Islands Hospital.


Police said that the 911 Emergency Communications Centre received a call from a member of the public at around 11:45am on Wednesday reporting that a swimmer had been brought to shore unconscious in the vicinity of Royal Palms. Police and medics responded to the scene and the  woman was taken to hospital where she was unfortunately pronounced dead.

Detectives have been told that the woman, who was a passenger aboard Liberty of the Seas, had been swimming with her husband when she got into difficulty. Her husband sought assistance from another cruise ship passenger who was in the area on a jet-ski and she was brought to shore.

Detectives from George Town CID are currently investigating the death and a post mortem will be carried out. A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to the relatives and the RCIPS sends its condolences to the family and friends of the victim.

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  1. WB says:

    This particular incident has nothing to do with dive boats.  However, we have also had several incidents this year with divers, some fatal.  They are all water related! One of which I unfortunately witnessed.  How could anyone describe the offer of  proactive solutions, to prevent people from dying, as "throw away" comments?

  2. Anonymous says:

    There are too many of these incidents going on but firstly wehy does this sound suspicious and secondly, what has this got to do with the dive boats???

    I never read anything to do with the dive boats, this tragic case was a woman SWIMMING, its throw away comments like this by people who don’t read the post properly that cause all kinds of problems for people and agencies who have absolutely nothing to do with the incident!!!!

  3. WB says:

    My prayers are with her family.  Establishments that have public beach access should have to have life guards on duty.  Lately we’ve been having far too many of these types of incidents.  That being said dive boats should have two operators, on board and perhaps a dinghy.

  4. Anonymous says:

    How does this sound suspicious?  accidents happen every day.


  5. Alan Partridge says:

    How on earth does it sound suspicious?  You people could start a fight in an empty room.

    My sympathies to the family of this lady.

  6. Nicole says:

    My hearts and prayers do go out to the family….it does sounds a little suspicious though…its great to see the RCIPS investigating this matter.