CCTV shows person entering pool, no sign of foul play
A coroner’s jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure after hearing the circumstances in which Vincente Ruben Inga Sinchi drowned last year in the Treasure Island Resort swimming pool.
In an inquest on Monday, the jury also adopted the physical cause of death as determined by pathologist Shravana Jyoti – asphyxia due to drowning due to marked acute alcohol intoxication.
The alcohol-in-blood level was 0.254. By comparison, the legal limit for driving in Cayman is 0.100.
Queen’s coroner Eileen Nervik called witnesses or read witness statements, identifying Mr. Sinchi as a 39-year-old native of Ecuador, and a jeweler working in Cayman.
On Aug. 27, 2012, he had been drinking at a bar in George Town. That evening, he went to Treasure Island Resort and spent time near the swimming pool, in the company of a man and woman he had talked with earlier in the day.
The man and woman subsequently left Mr. Sinchi and walked toward the beach.
Both Dr. Jyoti and investigating officer Sgt. Charmaine Huntley referred to CCTV footage from the resort pool area.It shows a couple walking by the pool at 11:44:06 p.m. About two minutes later, a figure is seen entering the pool.
Ms Huntley said the CCTV showed Mr. Sinchi walking down the steps into the pool. When he reached the middle, he started to sink. He was not wading or swimming, just walking.
Dr. Jyoti said intermittent video showed activity consistent with the figure struggling in the water. The struggle ceased at approximately 11:48 p.m. and the figure remained in a fixed position, pictured only intermittently, until the couple returned at 11:55:48 p.m.
The man jumped into the pool and was assisted in bringing Mr. Sinchi out of the water. 911 received a call at 11:58 p.m. and an ambulance arrived at 12:01 a.m.
Emergency medical technicians began CPR, and Mr. Sinchi was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Dr. Jyoti said Mr. Sinchi had been a reasonably healthy man. “It is unknown whether he had any ability to swim; but in any event, his ability to rescue himself was compromised by alcohol intoxication,” his report noted.
His postmortem examination showed no evidence of trauma, and Ms Huntley confirmed that there were no signs of foul play. There was also no evidence of drugs.