US visitor dies snorkelling in East End

| 29/05/2012

(CNS): Updated – Police have named the American tourist who died Sunday morning while snorkelling in East End. He was 56-year-old Kenneth Perroz of Tampa, Florida, who was visiting Grand Cayman. He was found unconscious in the sea close to the Morritts Tortuga resort at around 10:00am yesterday morning (27 May). According to the police report, Perroz had been snorkelling with a friend but the two swimmers were separated. Perroz' friend got out of the water but returned to try and find his snorkelling partner but was unable to locate the 56-year-old. A short time later the Tampa man was found unconscious and floating on the water. Perroz was brought to shore and his friend administered CPR until the arrival of paramedics.

He was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital, George Town, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Condolences to the family of Kenneth..he was a great man that and will surely be missed by many. …May God bless his family during this time.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The identities of unfortunate tourists has NEVER been released before.  Can someone else cite a case to prove me wrong?

  3. lady y says:

    Too many tourists are coming to our Island and dieing from water sports.

    There should be an age limit to who can snorkel and dive and also a background check should be performed for any person who has any medical history.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Most of these snorkerler who are dying are over the age of 50, has anyone else noticed this? There need to be an age limit.

    • Huh? says:

      An age limit for snorkelling?  So our tourist material should say if you are over 50, or cannot pass a medical, we ban you from going for a swim off the beah.  Hmmmm.  Bet that will be popular. 


      If you are so keen on avoiding deaths by imposing age limits, why dont you sponsor a ban on people under 25 years old driving a car or a truck after 9pm at night?  Has about the same logic – a correlation between age and death from a specific cause.

  5. Jen says:

    How does your comment have anything to do with this report.  It was a snorkeling related death not Scuba Diving. Condolences to the family

  6. Anonymous says:

    Amongst the business conducted by the US Ambassador to Jamaica on a visit here last week was to examine the number diving-related deaths involving US citizens. At the rate these are happening, all she had to do was wait a few days and check it our first-hand.


    Condolences to the family.

    PS CNS – "sure" = shore

    • jsftbhaedrg says:

      Perhaps the US Ambassador can also look at the pathology / autopsy reports of these divers and  come to the conclusion that 3/4 of these people who die whilst diving shouldn't be doing it in the first due to underlying health issues that they lie about on the disclaimer they sign before getting into the water.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah, its the fault of those suicidal tourists who lie on their disclaimers when they are signing away any claim on the operator.