Cruise visitor dies after difficulties while snorkelling

| 13/03/2024 | 18 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): A 72-year-old man from Illinois who was visiting Grand Cayman on a cruise ship died Tuesday after getting into difficulties snorkelling in the George Town Harbour. According to an RCIPS press release, police and emergency services were dispatched to the South Terminal in George Town around 11:00am. When they arrived, the police officers saw that a man was receiving CPR aboard a Port Harbour Patrol boat. 

He was transported to the George Town Hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead by the attending doctor. The circumstances of the death are not believed to be suspicious, police said.

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  1. Amy says:

    This man was walking in front of me on the excursion, we chatted the whole way there. He told me he was 74. He was a very sweet man. The walk from tinder to diving boat was at least a mile walk. He was on vacation with his grandson, he told some others on boat, but he was on excursion alone. 🙁

  2. AWR says:

    My husband and I were on the excursion with him. Spoke with him a bit and he seemed like a wonderful man. He was having some difficulty walking from the terminal to the boat dock. From our uneducated vantage point it seemed like a cardiac issue. The crew and fellow snorkelers did everything they could. The harbor security arrived quickly and we could hear the ambulance arrive at the dock. My heart breaks for his family and friends.

  3. Charmaine Ewers says:

    This is just the most tragic news ever as l happened to know this gentleman personally… words cannot express my sadness to his wife and his entire family!

  4. Anonymous says:

    why does this always happen when they go snorkeling?

    • Anonymous says:

      Because people who dont exercise exert themselves on vacation with a physical activity (and snorkeling can be more taxing that one thinks). Happens up north with sedentary people going on their annual ski trip.

  5. WBW Czar. says:

    This would not have happened if a pier was built. No snorkeling near a pier.

  6. Anonymous says:

    What an awful story. Will there be lifeguards now monitoring the snorkeling tourists?

    • Anonymous says:

      He/she didnt drown. It sounds like a cardiac event. Not much a lifeguard could do.

      • ChrisC says:

        It was a cardiac event, I was there. They should at least have a board to put someone on, or some kind of emergency medical equipment. I had to hold the boats together while the slid him from our boat to the port authority boat We didn’t even see a first aid kit. The only good thing is at least he went out doing something he loved as he had his own equipment.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    What happened to Kenny’s lifeguard program?

    • Anonymous says:

      On the shelf next to his master transportation plan.

      • Anonymous says:

        Next to his portrait receiving his acting deputy premier’s diploma!

      • Charmaine Ewers says:

        This is just the most tragic news ever as l happened to know this great gentleman personally… words cannot express my sadness to his wife and his entire family!!!😢


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