A woman who was critically injured while on a dive off the north western shore of Grand Cayman was pronounced dead Friday night after spending about a day in a coma, the Caymanian Compass has learned.
Pamela Langevin, 50, had gotten into difficulty Thursday in the waters off North West Point Road in West Bay while on a dive with a friend in the Turtle Reef area.
According to police, she managed to swim part of the way to shore with her dive partner around 12.30pm Thursday.
She was having difficulty breathing and eventually fell unconscious, police said.
Staff from Sun Divers responded and assisted with CPR and oxygen before paramedics arrived. It was understood the woman and her dive partner had been on a shore dive.
Individuals at the rescue site, who did not wish to be named told the Caymanian Compass, said that Mrs. Langevin had to be carried from the water by two men. She was placed on a sand patch along the ironshore outside Macabuca bar – where the Sun Divers shop is located along North West Point Road.
A visiting doctor, who happened to be lunching at the nearby Cracked Conch restaurant, assisted with efforts to revive the distressed diver.
When paramedics arrived, Mrs. Langevin was taken to hospital where she later slipped into a coma.
She was identified by friends as the wife of Cayman Islands hotel executive Marc Langevin, who moved to Cayman last year to take over the general manager’s post at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
The incident is under investigation by Royal Cayman Islands Police Marine Unit officers.
The right person
Although the Ritz-Carlton declined Caymanian Compass requests for comment about the diving incident, Mr. Langevin did send out a message to friends and co-workers via e-mail Saturday informing them of his wife’s passing.
The hotel manager discussed what a major role Mrs. Langevin played in his success and life during an interview with the trade publication Hotel and Motel Management in September 2011, shortly after taking the Ritz job in Cayman.
Mr. Langevin told the publication that Pamela was “the right person” to have next to him while he worked his way through the often nomadic existence of hospitality industry management.
“It takes patience and understanding,” he told the publication. “My wife also had a career; she’s a dance teacher.
“I have kept dragging her around the world and there has been emotion and tears every time. But she has always been there for me and we also always made these decisions together.”
The couple has a 10-year-old daughter.