The accident happened at around 2.40pm Monday. Police had a report that a man was in distress on the beach in the Pappagallo area.
Police said it appeared the man and his partner, who are both visiting Cayman from the US, were snorkeling about 400 meters from the shore. Police said the sea became choppy and, as they made their way back to shore, the man got into difficulties. He was assisted onto the beach and his partner administered CPR, officers said.
Ambulance personnel attended the scene and the man was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town where he was found to be dead on arrival.
Police said, at this stage, there would appear to be no suspicious circumstances in connection with the man’s death.