Man arrested following open water rescue

A 26-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after an incident in which a teenage crew member fell overboard on a dive boat near the entrance to the North Sound.

The man was arrested on suspicion of carrying out a reckless and negligent act and other related Port Authority offences.

Police started their investigation after a 19-year-old man fell into the main channel around 10am Monday from a Don Foster’s dive boat. The teenager was a crew member aboard the boat and had no floatation device with him in the water.

The boat was carrying seven customers and five crew members and was heading through the main channel to complete an open water dive when the man fell overboard. It is thought he fell due to rough sea conditions.

The Cayman Protector vessel and the Cayman Islands helicopter were deployed to carry out a search.

At around 10.25am the man was spotted 200 meters directly north of the main channel in open water. He was brought aboard Protector and taken to shore for assessment by medics. The man was not seriously injured in the incident.

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