US visitor dies after snorkelling at Kittiwake

| 17/06/2022 | 5 Comments

(CNS): A 55-year-old man who was visiting the Cayman Islands from the United States has become the third person to die in the sea this year. Police said that shortly after 3:15pm Wednesday, 15 June, officers responded to a report of a person in distress at sea. The man, who had been snorkelling near the wreck of the Kittiwake when he became unresponsive, was brought back to a boat and people on the scene administered CPR. He was subsequently transported by ambulance to the Cayman Islands Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending doctor.

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  1. Captain Kirk says:

    The current near the kitty wake requires a bit of stamina not for those who may be easily stressed or have underlying fiscal problems

  2. Orrie Merren says:

    Sincerest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the individual who passed. My your soul Rest In Peace, and may those morning this tragic loss find comfort and strength at this difficult time.

    God bless,
    Orrie 🙏🏻🇰🇾

  3. Anonymous says:

    In light of the number of snorkelling fatalities in Cayman, has anyone conducted a study of the actual cause of death? The vast majority appear to be tourists, male and over 50. Is there a consistent underlying health issue or is a particular factor with snorkelling causing these deaths?

    • Anonymous says:

      I believe the pathologist has done so previously (IIRC from a UCCI STEM Conference presentation years ago by the pathologist). It was generally as you said. Snorkelling/swimming/SCUBA being a higher energy activity than expected triggering underlying, often previously unknown, health (heart) issues.

      Always sad when it occurs, whatever the cause, and condolences to the family in this case. We all hope the funeral/repatriation/vacation-end arrangements go as smoothly as they can.

  4. Mumbichi says:

    I hope your life was full and you had love in your life. Rest in peace, Sir.


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