Two drowning deaths over weekend

A Special Olympian swimmer from Uruguay died while taking part in the Butterfield 800 metre swim on Saturday.

The 41-year-old man was one of two people to die in separate drowning incidents this weekend.

On Saturday, 25 May, around 4. 25 pm, 911 received a report that a man had been pulled from the water unconscious near Avalon Condominiums on the Seven Mile Beach during the race. Emergency personnel transported the victim to the Cayman Islands Hospital where he was pronounced dead around 5 .07 pm.

Police said the victim was a member of the Uruguay Special Olympic team who was in the Cayman Islands to participate in the Butterfield 800 meter swim, which had begun at 4pm Saturday.

The following day, Sunday, 26 May, around 4.25pm, police received a report that a 64-year-old man had been missing for 25 minutes off Rum Point Drive.

Due to weather conditions, the Marine Unit was unable to assist in the rescue, so the police helicopter was deployed. Helicopter personnel located the victim and brought him ashore with the help of police and his relatives, where they commenced CPR until the arrival of the EMT unit.

He was transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5 :40 pm

The victim was an American tourist who had arrived in Cayman on Saturday, 25 May.


  1. Condolences to the families of the deceased. Are there any guidelines for open water swimming events safety, such as presence of trained (including CPR) lifeguards; swim safety coordinator; medical evacuation team; swimmer identification; rescue boats; observers?

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