Royal Cayman Islands Police are investigating an attack on an American tourist that witnesses said occurred along Seven Mile Beach just before midnight Thursday.
The 21-year-old man was taken to hospital after the incident and is expected to survive his injuries. Police confirmed he was a visitor to the Islands.
The incident took place along the Public Beach area of Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach, just south of Calico Jack’s bar on the waterfront.
Calico’s owner Handel Whittaker said he was uncertain if the man had been attending the bar’s Full Moon Party Wednesday night simply because there were so many people around. However, he said the assault victim did run to the bar for assistance after being attacked.
“We believe the individual walked down the beach and there were some guys down there…he must have put up a fight and they stabbed him,” Mr. Whittaker said. “This did not happen at Calico Jack’s, we take every step to keep our patrons safe and sound.”
However, Mr. Whittaker also noted that the incident is a major concern for everyone in the country’s tourism business.
“This is ridiculous,” he said. “It’s very concerning to us. People come here and they wander up and down the beach all the time and they don’t have to worry about predators hanging around for them.”
The Full Moon Party, which has been held at Calico’s for going on eight years now, has basically become an Island-wide festival each month, Mr. Whittaker said.
“When you have functions, there are always, well, undesirables hanging around,” he said. “But our events have always been very safe. We had five security guards here [Wednesday] night.”
For their part, Royal Cayman Islands Police said very little about the incident. Officers asked anyone with information about the incident to contact the Criminal Investigation Department in George Town at 949-4222.