Four water deaths in January

Three victims were tourists over 60

An elderly tourist died Monday after getting into difficulty while swimming off East End, marking the fourth water-related death on Grand Cayman since the start of 2015.

According to police, just after 3 p.m. Monday officers received a report of a 71-year-old swimmer in distress while on a snorkel tour off Morritt’s Tortuga resort.

Police said other members of the snorkel tour tried to revive the man with CPR during their return to shore. The man was later pronounced dead at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

He had been on vacation in Grand Cayman with his wife.

Two other fatal water-related incidents this month also involved visitors.

On Jan. 12, an 88-year-old cruise ship tourist died on the water’s edge at Seven Mile Beach just after 10 a.m. The Ukrainian national, who was traveling with his family on the Ruby Princess cruise ship, got into trouble while swimming off shore.

On Jan. 14, another tourist, age 63 from the U.S., died while snorkeling.

According to police, that man was also snorkeling off Morritt’s resort. Just before 3:30 p.m., he indicated he had trouble breathing.

First aid was administered until an ambulance arrived to take him to the Cayman Islands Hospital, where he was pronounced dead an hour later.

The other water-related death involved a Cuban migrant who drowned off South Sound on Jan. 3 after the boat he was on capsized. The other three people aboard the craft made it to the reef and were eventually found by a local surfer who reported their distress.

Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Inspector Ian Yearwood said Tuesday that officers are beginning to have concerns about the unusually high number of water-related deaths during the tourism high season.

“These persons are either in a poor health condition or they’ve had some heart or respiratory problems,” Mr. Yearwood said.

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