Another death off Pedro

Royal Cayman Islands Police confirmed Sunday that the body of another young man who jumped from the Pedro Castle cliffs was recovered in the sea.
The 21-year-old was located Sunday afternoon by marine search teams, according to RCIPS Chief Inspector Harlan Powery. 
Mr. Powery said it appeared the young man, who was from East End, had been jumping off the cliffs in the same location that 16-year-old Justin Henry jumped to his death from last week. 
Officers were bringing the dead man’s body to shore late Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of people had gathered at Pedro St. James Sunday afternoon to await news of the young man’s fate. 
Police had earlier said they would seek to close off the waters around Pedro St. James Castle to swimmers and divers because of the tragedy involving Justin Henry. 
The Pedro cliffs have recently become a popular hang out for young people, according to Mr. Powery. 
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  1. Mr. Editor, that picture of the police officers jumping the cliff, is too much of a suggestive one. It is like the officers, are giving the impression that the cliff can be safely jumped! I think you shouldnt have posted it with the article. Also, I dont know why officers in line of duty would be jumping the cliff. It surely had nothing to do with investigating the boys death. I think you should replace the picture for another one.

    Editor’s note: That was a photo of a rescue attempt from the first drowning. Photos from the latest incident could not be published because our journalist’s camera was confiscated.

  2. First of all my condolences to the families of these two young men, but please also allow me a comment.

    Cayman was Founded on the Seas.

    How is it that these two young men did not know how to swim? Or they didn’t know that it’s a bad idea to jump from the cliffs, particularly the second of these two young men?

    I just don’t know what to say to these young people.

    Please also let me say this, closing Pedro’s Castle to divers is a bad idea. The offshore pinnacles at that site are one of the most amazing shore dives anywhere. Even if you live on Grand Cayman you could probably only do that dive 3 or 4 times per year. It’s only doable during a Nor’wester, and even then it’s not for beginner divers. It’s a long swim. It’s worth it.

    Young Caymanians don’t have a lot respect for anything these days, least of all the seas. Maybe it’s time to go back to the old days, when the retired seamen taught the young people in the village to swim.

  3. Re: OldDiver

    This is very sad what has happened but nowhere does it say that either of the young men did not know how to swim. Even the strongest swimmer can drown. This is not a safe place due to the strong current there. BTW, there are many Caymanians that do not know how to swim. Unlike today when you can go to the beach just about whenever in days gone by the time they would go to the beach was used for helping with odd jobs at home.

  4. I agree with Bodden that the photograph of the officer jumping off the cliff was inappropriate as it indicates that jumping can be safely done. People take in more from the photo than the written word. Certainly you in the media know that.

  5. In every generation there exists that small group of young people who seek out added challenges/thrills in life.
    They are the ones who are willing to take that extra risk at testing their mortality or as they see it, simply having fun.

    We’ve all done it to a degree, at one point in our lives, in one form or another.
    There’s no denying it!
    This is what growing up is all about.

    Most of us win; we walk away with little or no damage (pure luck). Others..?

    As for the Cliffs, there is no amount of enforcement that can prevent this activity or future tragedies.
    Fence it off, build a block wall, station guards; send kids to jail because they are being who they are?
    The challenge will still be there and they’ll find a way around it; or simply find another place that can be as equally dangerous.

    Signs and warnings can be posted; life saving devices can be placed on land and in the water.
    These can be obeyed or ignored; used or not.

    There was nothing that could have been done to stop this from happening or from happening again.
    All we can do is caution them and hope they listen.

    Sympathy to the family and friends.

  6. OldDiver

    I’ve been swimming, snorkeling and shore diving on almost every conceivable spot on this island.
    And as you mentioned, some places are doable only a few times a year.
    Some days you go in, others you don’t.
    You base your decision on skill level, sea conditions and the risk you’re willing to take.

    Yet I’ve seen people who’ve taken none of these into consideration.
    They’ve been advised, warned but still they go ahead; they know better than the rest of the people standing on shore.
    Short of physical restraint they can’t be stopped.
    It’s not against the law to endanger your own life, so RCIP intervention is not an option.

    You can only wait and watch and be there to offer help if it’s at all possible at that point (or be prepared to call for professional help).

    Fortunately, the worse I’ve ever seen were people being tossed back up on the sharp rock, some being cut quite badly, but no life threatening injuries.

    The point is, there are people out there trying to prevent these foolish acts but it still happens anyway!