US visitor dies following dive off West Bay beach

| 15/10/2022 | 11 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): Police have now named the 70-year-old woman, visiting the Cayman Islands from the United States who died Friday morning as Pamela Bartlett Wilson. The woman died following a dive off the shore of West Bay Public Beach at around 9:50am. The emergency services and the police were called to the dock in the area, where she had been brought to shore by boat after experiencing difficulties during the dive. Wilson became unresponsive aboard the boat. She was then brought to shore and immediately taken by ambulance to hospital, where she was subsequently pronounced dead. She is the tenth person to die in Cayman waters this year.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Dr. Wilson was a wonderful person. Kind and gentle. She dedicated her life to saving others and died doing something she loved. She will be missed.

  2. Anonymous says:

    we should have signs up like this everywhere. For the elderly

  3. Noname says:

    So very sad and I hope it will prompt the implementation of life guards and the daily signaling of sea conditions on all of cayman’s public beaches which I think is something long overdue!

    There is absolutely no reason why there isn’t any signaling of sea conditions on the public beaches and even less so as our number of visitors increases !

    Yes, our waters look beautiful and vibrant but they are also extremely active and people should be advised of that bit having to rely on the marina’s station to predict swells etc is all well and good if you are a practiced scuba diver or free diver , but it clearly isn’t enough to avoid accidents such as this one.

    We can certainly do much better as to provide a minimal safety net to our visitors!

    • Anonymous says:

      Ask Kenny & Jay, they were supposed to be working on the life guard thing

    • Anonymous says:

      Don’t be ridiculous. How can a surface swimming life guard sat on a beach half a mile away deal with a scuba diver underwater having a heart attack.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Condolences to her loved ones. Frankly this is not the bad way to go, if she didn’t suffer of course.
    My mother was just diagnosed with Paraneoplastic syndrome, we’re all terrified of what is coming. She is only 52.
    P.S About 20% of people with cancer develop a paraneoplastic syndrome (PNS). Signs and symptoms of PNS of the nervous system often begin even before a cancer is diagnosed. By the way 99.9% of doctors misdiagnose PNS, even neurologists. PNS can be extremely complex and difficult to treat. The most important part of treatment is to get a proper and RAPID diagnosis of both the underlying cancer and the type of paraneoplastic disorder involved.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Scuba diving can be incredibly stressful. I know. I was not one of those people that took to it like a duck to water and I envied those that did.
    I did the PADI certification and dove frequently afterwards.
    At the end of the day, no one really knows the emotional and physical condition of the diver.
    I don’t dive any more because I never really felt comfortable, but I have utmost respect for those that do.

  6. Beaumont Zodecloun says:

    This is a very sad thing, and altogether too common. I am up in years; people who snorkle or swim in our waters should be people who have done those activities for years. Rarely do we read about a seasoned diver dying in our waters.

    I don’t know anything regarding this recent death, and I am sorry for the family of the woman; God bless you and keep her warm in your hearts; it is possible that she died doing that which she wanted, and who could ask for more?

    I don’t get into the ocean nearly as much as I used to. Still, I feel confident to do so. Please, visitors and residents alike, please be in shape for your ocean excursions.

    I’m sure she was a lovely person. I hope your life was full.

  7. Anonymous says:

    So very sad


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