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 3.20am 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 5.50am officers located the woman who was clinging to a raft about 150 yards 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 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.”