Woman visitor dies during dive in West Bay

| 09/02/2011

(CNS): Police confirmed this morning that they are investigating the death of a 52-year-old woman while diving on Tuesday. At about 11.15 yesterday morning police received a report that a woman had lost consciousness while diving off Lighthouse Point in West Bay. The woman was diving with her husband when she was spotted floating on top of the water. Her husband immediately called for assistance and staff from the resident dive company, Dive Tech, helped bring her to shore. The dive company staff administered CPR until the arrival of the emergency services. The woman was conveyed to the Cayman Islands Hospital, George Town, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. The couple were reportedly vacationing in the Cayman Islands from Florida.

Police said that enquiries into the woman’s death are ongoing. This is the third water sports related death in Cayman since the start of the New Year.


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  1. Bill in Peace Bay says:

    If I was on a dive boat and someone on that boat died, it could very well ruin my whole afternoon (please note the sarcasm).

    It’s not just about the person who dies and their loved ones, it’s also about everyone else who has to deal with the situation.  Being the last one tying to breath life into the dead body of someone who had no business being there in the first place is not my idea of fun.  Seeing someone’s lifeless body lying there and wondering if there was something I could have/should have done is no picnic either.

    Should they limit diving by age, no, but the idea that you’re not hurting anyone if you die on their watch is quite selfish to say the least.

    That being said, I’m 53 and, to paraphrase the NRA folks, I’ll give up diving whey they pry my reg from my cold dead lips.

  2. Diver says:

    @ My uncle died last year while.

    Really? Because, underwater diving is equivalent, as far as safety goes, to sitting on a couch?

    Just as they have an age limit for driving a car. So should one be for diving. I’m 22 years old and even at this age I get nervous diving. So I can only imagine what a 52 year old woman feels 60 feet down! These news postings of elderly dead divers need to stop…it’s not helping our tourism industry at all. Especially when it’s the tourists at fault in these cases.

    • Anonymous says:

      This tragic accident victim is my co-worker and she was FAR from elderly.  I’d venture to guess that she was better physically fit than nearly anyone reading this!

      • Anonymous says:

        My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family, and with you and your co-workers.  I used to live down the street from them, and went to school with her sister.

    • Anonymous says:

      52 is NOT elderly.

    • Bruce says:

      If this 22 year old person gets nervous diving they should stop. I am 62 dive at least 4 days a week thats 8-10 dives a week and hope I can keep diving until I am on my 80’s.  By the way have been on liveaboard dive boats where we do 4-5 dives a day for a week or two and there have been divers in their 70’s doing fine.

    • Well Said says:

      52 is hardly elderly!

    • Concerned Caymanian says:

      Just for the record, a 52 year old woman is not “elderly”.

    • Anonymous says:

      How do you know what caused this accident? As I am always interested in the causes of these incidents I would be interested in hearing more detail as to the cause. I have been waiting for the police report or autopsy report.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is a tragic story and my heartfelt condolences go out to the woman’s family, especially her husband.

    Any further explanation of the cause of this accident would be appreciated.

  4. Anonymous says:

    really thinks there needs to be an age limit on diving…this is becoming way too common. my condolences to her husband and family

    • Anonymous says:

      I disagree whole heartedly.

    • Anonymous says:

      There is no reason to have age limit, my mother is 65 years and she dive few times. It is all about staying fit and look after your body by eating balance diet. People who are over 40 years old, should have their body tests and check by doctor every year.

    • Anonymous says:

       I don’t think it’s an age limit that’s needed, but people need to be aware of their own physical fitness.


      I am a certified diver.  I’m almost 45 and haven’t dived since March.  The reason, I’m very overweight and am concerned I am at teh prime time of life for a heart attack.  I don’t think it would be wise to dive until I have lost some of the weight and reduced the risk.


      That said sometimes the most fist and healthy person can fall victim to a heart attack.

      My condolences go out to the husband and family of this lady

    • Anonymous says:

      My uncle died last year while sitting on a couch. I demand that there be an age limit placed on sitting on the couch!

    • Anonymous says:

      Age is not the problem. When tourists want to go diving they complete and sign the waivers saying they are in good health. Maybe what is needed is a DRs certificate which must be renewed annually, stating that the person is fit and healthy enough to dive.

    • Just Commentin' says:

      Dying while participating in a somewhat strenuous and slightly risky activity one enjoys. To me this would be a nice way to exit this life.  I would prefer it be during steamy sex after I turn 85 or so, but during diving might be OK too. As long as it was not from a predator attack. Going in peace is one thing; quite another to go in pieces.

      Once I reach a certain age, some here would deny me my second choice for an idyllic demise. Rather than die while I am a few fathoms under water, I guess they would prefer that I die in a hospital connected to feeding tubes and a respirator, clad in adult Pampers and clueless of my own name.  That is the way older people should die, right? A nice quiet safe dignified comfortable death alone in a sterile room with nice flowers on the sidestand. Well they can take that idea and shove it!

      It is silly of people to suggest an age limiton diving. People die while having sex too, so if some here had their way once the candles on my cake get a bit crowded I would need a doc’s certificate to get giggly with my spouse

      People die while jogging. They die while surfing. They die while walking. They die while dancing. Come to think of it, people die. Period. We do not live forever. So, tell me: What is your beef with me risking making my days a little fewer in the name of fulfilling entertainment? Why is it any of your business anyway?

      By the way, I also dive by myself when the mood strikes. What ya got to say about that?

      As much as we tend to deny the inevitable, we all will one day die. So why the hell try to put a damper on people enjoying the short time we have on earth? What is your rationale?

      If I make my exit during a dive I have not hurt anyone. Sure there will be grieving loved ones. But unless they precede me, even if I was prohibited from diving or doing anything risky after 50, it will just delay their day of grief – they will face my leaving sooner or later.

      My father died younger than we would have liked, but he went just the way he wanted to go. That impressed me. And it made me thankful he did not have to suffer in a hospital bed for the sake of a few more years of life. He went…poof… doing what he enjoyed. Nice. Though it was hard learning of his departure, how he went makes me smile to think of it now.

      I wanna live while I am alive even if it means making for some somber news. Hey, if your idea of growing old consists of dottering around in your garden, doing nothing more risky than trying out a new laxative, and in the end having a nice safe quiet conventional death, more power to you. As for me, I wanna make headlines when I go!

      I am truly sad for the loved ones left behind. But nothing anyone could have legislated would have imparted immortality.