A man on what’s known as a ‘helmet dive’ was pulled from the water near George Town port unconscious around noon today and was rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The man, in his early sixties, was on a dive with his son. Both men were stay over visitors in Cayman and had other family members with them on the trip.
It’s not certain what happened during the dive, but crew members aboard the Sea Trek Cayman Islands charter boat said the victim had to be pulled from a shallow depth and did not regain consciousness at any point.
Helmet diving lets participants descend to relatively shallow depths wearing a mask which allows them to breathe while walking along the bottom of the ocean floor. Generally, helmet divers are lowered on a line wearing the breathing apparatus over their head and are kept under the strict supervision of the dive boat crew at all times.
No diver certification or swimming ability is required for a helmet dive.
The dive boat crew described conditions near the George Town harbour as good, and said they were not sure how the man had gotten into difficulty.