Missing US visitor’s body found in East End

| 21/06/2022 | 17 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS) UPDATED: The body of a 54-year-old man who was reported missing about 4pm Monday and found Tuesday morning on the shore off the Queen’s Highway in East End has been identified as Jason Douglas Brant. The man, who was visiting Cayman, from Colorado in the United States had gone out snorkelling on Monday afternoon off the coast of the Wyndham Reef Resort, on Austin Connolly Drive.

The alarm was raised when he did not return and a search and rescue operation was launched.

Officials said the Cayman Islands Coast Guard vessels and the RCIPS helicopter were deployed to conduct searches of the water nearby, while RCIPS officers conducted searches on land and along the shoreline. Members of the public assisted with the shoreline searches and visiting members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution helped the coastguard with searches at sea and the overall coordination of search efforts.

The search continued until just before 7pm Monday and resumed Tuesday at 5am. His body was found shortly before 8am. Emergency services attended the location and he was subsequently pronounced dead.

The man is the fourth person to die in the water this year. His death comes less than a week after another 55-year-old man, also from the United States, died after snorkelling in West Bay. Both matters are now under investigation.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Surf zone deaths were up 38% in 2021 compared to the previous 5 years. Total mystery why this is happening. Baffling.

    Sleeping and exercise have become very dangerous recently.


  2. Anonymous says:

    Condolences to the family.
    The area in front of the Wyndham resort is some of the most dangerous on island. The water flowing out of the boat channel creates a very strong rip tide, and I hope the resort is doing everything in their power to make sure the guests are all aware of this.
    Sadly, not the first time this has happened.

  3. Anonymous says:

    So I assume then that the Premiers fav tabloid media CMRs report that it was a teenager was another false report ? Is there some agency that can regulate her ? Getting beyond ridiculous now

    • Anonymous says:

      What I find funny is that she is not reporting on the case of the guy that killed his son. She don’t want no part of that lol

  4. Anonymous says:

    What causes people to die when snorkeling so often? Is it that they are over extending themselves?

    • Anonymous says:

      Heart attacks can kill you lying in bed, and snorkeling by yourself doesn’t help your odds.

    • Anonymous says:

      “ Furthermore, snorkels with high resistance can increase transthoracic negative pressure sufficiently to induce or add to hypoxia due to ANPPE under certain circumstances which is a cause for near drowning and death while snorkeling.”

      ANPPE=acute negative pressure pulmonary edema
      – acute=having a sudden onset
      -negative pressure pulmonary Edema= caused by upper airway obstruction and rapid negative intrapleural pressure increasing due to attempts of inspiration against the obstruction.

      Also, Negative pressure pulmonary edema is an uncommon and life threatening complication of general anesthesia. Its incidence is 0.1% of general anesthesia with tracheal intubation, mostly caused by laryngospasm

    • Anonymous says:

      Over-exerting oneself and inexperience in a difficult situation causes panic… and it’s not a place for a tourist to go snorkeling given the current seas. When Red Sail used to operate out of Morritt”s, they would fly out on a wave runner and try to coax you back into shore and warn of the dangers from the beach. The current are very strong near that channel. Shouldn’t have bene out there on their own.

      Don’t think there is a watersports operator anymore up that side

      • Anonymous says:

        Maybe post this on Trip Advisor every couple of weeks if it can’t or won’t be posted by the hotels up there.

    • Anonymous says:

      They get caught up in the currents especially between the channel up there. The properties up there need to let guest know not to go near the channel and stay close to the shallow parts of the water. Best to wear a life jacket or even carry a noodle in case you get fatigued.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes it is.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Snorkeling, more dangerous than Covid.


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