Diver critical after rescue attempt

A woman who got into trouble diving in the waters off northwest Grand Cayman Thursday is now in critical condition at a local hospital. 

According to police, the woman managed to swim to shore with her dive partner around 12.30pm Thursday near the Turtle Reef location along North West Point Road in West Bay. 
She was having difficulty breathing and eventually went unconscious, police said. 
Staff from Sun Divers responded and assisted with CPR and oxygen before paramedics arrived. It was understood the woman and her partner had been on a shore dive. 
The woman, 51, was taken to hospital and remains in critical condition. She is identified by friends as the wife of a Cayman Islands hotel executive. The Caymanian Compass is not releasing her name at this time. 
The incident is under investigation by Royal Cayman Islands Police Marine Unit officers. 


  1. The woman was found at the surface unconscious and not breathing.

    Staff from Happy Fish Divers and patrons of Macabuca assisted, Sunset House is an entirely different dive company on the opposite side of the island and completely unrelated.

    It should also be noted that EMS took in excess of 20 minutes to respond to the incident, and were nonchalant and uninterested in providing assistance. It’s due to the fast action of the bystanders that she has a fighting chance.

    Editor’s note: A copy of the police report on the incident is below. One of the descriptions of this event is obviously wrong.

    ‘About 12.35pm yesterday Thursday 22nd March, 2012 the RCIPS was advised that a 51 year old female resident experienced difficulties whilst diving at the Turtle Reef off North West Point, in West Bay.

    ‘The woman was able to reach shore with her dive partner but went unconscious and had difficulty breathing. Staff from Sun Divers responded and assisted. CPR and Oxygen was administered prior to the arrival of emergency services.

    ‘The woman was conveyed to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town where she remains in critical condition. This incident is under investigation by the RCIPS Marine Dept.’

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