The Joint Marine Unit rescued two
cruise ship visitors and their dive instructor after the divers became
separated from their dive boat and were found struggling in rough waters
outside the reef Tuesday.
Police said that at about 11.40am
Tuesday, they were informed that two divers from a cruise ship and an
instructor from a company called “Living the Dream” were missing.
The group had been diving in the
North Sound area near Stingray City when the two men and one woman became
separated from their dive boat.
Dive boat staff raised the alarm
when they realised three divers were missing.
The Joint Marine Unit immediately
deployed Niven D, captained by Senior Police Constable Hugh Bush.
Within minutes, the Marine Unit
crew spotted the missing divers approximately 200 yards outside the reef in
extremely rough water, about a quarter of a mile from their dive boat.
Officers brought the divers – a
32-year-old man, his 22-year-old wife both from Arizona and a 33-year-old dive
instructor – aboard the Niven D and transported them back to shore where they
were checked out by paramedics.
“Thankfully, none of the divers
were injured,” said Inspector Bennard Ebanks, the officer in charge of the
Joint Marine Unit. “They were all understandably very tired; the sea was rough
and the swells were about 5-6 feet in height; fighting those kind of waves
would sap anyone’s strength.
“The dive company did exactly the
right thing by raising the alarm as soon as they realised that something may be
wrong. Their quick thinking combined with the fact that we were able to deploy
so quickly most likely saved the lives of the divers today.”
The couple had been visiting the
island on a day trip from a cruise ship. “They were both left extremely
traumatised by the ordeal but are very grateful to everyone involved in their
rescue,” Inspector Ebanks said.
The Joint Marine Unit comprises
officers from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, Customs Department and