Visitor drowns off Spotts beach

| 12/02/2018 | 11 Comments

(CNS): A 65-year-old man who was visiting Cayman from the US was found unresponsive out in the water off Spotts Beach today and is believed to have drowned. At around 12:40pm Monday police and other emergency personnel were called to the scene at the popular beach on the edge of George Town. Although the police, paramedics and other members of the public made attempts to revive the man, he was pronounced dead at 1:31pm by the on-duty A&E doctor at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

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  1. linda foltz says:

    This is so sad, he worked at our apartment in Ohio, was retired and was a wonderful man a real hard worker, so sad.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Many people consume alcohol before going into the water. Alcohol can cause one to pass out while snorkeling leading to death by drowning.

  3. Anonymous says:

    There have been a lot of snorkeling deaths recently where the person was using one of the newer full face mask snorkels. These have been reported to cause a buildup of CO2. Couple this with an older individual who may not have the same lung capacity that he used to and it is dangerous.

  4. No state citizen says:

    I seem to read very often about tourists, particularly elderly ones drowning here.
    Would be interesting to know if this happens as often in other Caribbean islands or countries.

    Is it that they are so drawn to the beautiful blue sea, even though they know they have a bad heart or some other ailment?

    Can’t be coincidence that so many drowning deaths are happening here.

    Just wondering.

  5. Anonymous says:

    You have to die some where. More 60+ people die in their beds. Should warning notices be placed above their beds?

    Joking aside, exercise stresses the heart and if you are unfit snorkelling can cause issues.

    • West bay Premier says:

      Anonymous 6:50 pm . These are drownings that are happening in our waters on our Island , not in their bed of natural causes . Do you know that while you’re snorkeling if you don’t blow and clear the stale air in your snorkel out that that air becomes 02 and that can cause serious problem and cause your death , then considered to be a drowning .

  6. West bay Premier says:

    I give his family my condolence . I don’t fully understand why there’s so many elder people drownings . Could it be that there’s no lifeguards , or no warning signs to visitors /tourist of the danger of snorkeling alone, or without a life vest, or how to use the snorkeling equipment the proper way .

    We all know how beautiful and tempting the water is in C.I to want to get in and do something . I have worked with the Tourist for over 25 years , and I found that if you asked if they know how to snorkel the answer was always yes , but when they got in the water to snorkel , I immediately seen that they knew nothing about snorkeling .
    Then from there I never again asked the question, I just gave everyone onboard snorkeling instructions and they were professional snorkelers and out doing my work diving the conch and having fun.

    I think that if the Tourist Accommodations were more responsible for their guest safety .
    By offering FREE or discounted life vest, and free but good snorkeling instructions , and warnings of places not to go swimming or snorkeling because of currents or other dangers to them that those things would be a great helping prevent a lot of these tragic deaths .
    We should look at the above suggestions as a plus to our Islands Economy .Because if they had a good time and seen that you cared about their safety , they will return to the Islands , but they can’t if they drowned . I don’t know how the family of the victim feels about it .

  7. Anonymous says:

    CNS where is the availability for comments on XXXXXX

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Oh dear! Another casualty on the beach in these islands again. There seems to be a lot of this kind of tragedy happening with tourists on a regular basis. Condolences to his family. RIP

    • Anonymous says:

      add the word “older” before tourists. There needs to be some education on how dangerous snorkeling is for our older friends, it takes more effort to expel the CO2 out of the snorkel, so they end up inhaling it again and again = heart failure.

    • Anonymous says:

      What is “a lot”, percentage wise? Roughly 150,000 people die every day worldwide. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depends on believes, we can’t stop the life cycle. Losing a loved one trigger intense feelings of grief. Almost everyone experiences the feeling in their lives.

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