Police: Drunken swimmer rescued

A 29-year-old woman’s birthday celebration might have ended tragically Thursday morning after she decided to go for a swim in rough seas.

Shortly after 3.20 am Thursday 28 March, police received a report that an intoxicated woman had gone for a swim in George Town Harbour. Royal Cayman Islands Police officers said her friend who saw her enter the water immediately raised the alarm.

Police officers attended the waterfront and could see that the woman was about 100 yards from shore. She refused to return to the shore when instructed to do so by the officers, who then lost sight of her in the rough seas.

The Marine Unit vessel Tornado and the Air Operations Unit were deployed to the scene and began searching for the missing swimmer.

About 5.50 am officers located the woman who was clinging to a raft approximately 150yds from shore. An officer from the Marine Unit dived into the rough seas and pulled the woman from the raft onto the Tornado. She was conscious but extremely cold, police said. She was taken to the Lobster Pot dock where a waiting ambulance transported  her to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town for treatment.

“Swimming and alcohol are a dangerous combination,” said RCIPS Sgt. Richard Scott. “Overnight the seas were rough which made this search and rescue all the more difficult. Thankfully this young woman was found and is now being treated in hospital, but her actions could so easily have resulted in the RCIPS reporting a tragedy…rather than a successful search and rescue operation.”

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  1. I’m sure that somewhere in the law books of Cayman, there is a charge of an offense that can be laid against this woman…eg ‘failing to obey a lawful police order’ or something similar.

    While I am no supporter of excessive law enforcement, this person needs to understand the gravity…and cost…of her irresponsible behaviour.

    How many man hours were spent rescueing her from a predicament created by her won drunken actions that the public must now foot the bill for ?

    Charge her with whatever offense is on the books and send a clear message to others out here who would follow her example.