Man killed in Jet Ski collision

A man is dead and a woman injured after two Jet Skis ran into each other in the waters off the Westin resort on Seven Mile Beach early Wednesday afternoon.

The accident marks the ninth water-related death in Cayman this year.

Emergency services said they transported both accident victims to the hospital. The woman is in stable condition, they said.

Rod McDowall, operations manager with Red Sail Sports, said the man and woman were on a Jet Ski together and had rented it from Public Beach. They ran into a second Jet Ski rented from the Westin.

Mr. McDowall said the accident happened “a significant distance from the beach.”

Beachgoers around the Westin reported seeing a large police presence. Employees with Red Sail, which runs the water sports operation at the Westin, said police had taken away the damaged Jet Skis.

It was not known by press time whether the man was a tourist or a resident of the Cayman Islands.

He is the ninth person to die or go missing in Cayman waters since January, making this one of the deadliest years in local memory.

Late last month, a 62-year-old American tourist died in a diving accident in East End. Another American, Norman Lee, a Marvel Comics artist, is missing and presumed dead after disappearing while snorkeling off East End.

Two other deaths this year occurred off East End: a 63-year-old American tourist died while snorkeling and a 71-year-old swimmer who got into distress.

The other victims were a 70-year-old man from Texas who ran into trouble during a dive off Seven Mile Beach last month; a 60-year-old Florida woman who collapsed on a dive boat off Little Cayman; and an 88-year-old cruise ship passenger from Ukraine who died on Seven Mile Beach in January.

The year’s first water-related death was a 51-year-old Cuban man whose boat overturned near Sand Quay off South Sound. In 2013, nine people, including seven tourists, died in water-related accidents.

There were nine deaths in the first six months of 2010, but most were from one incident in January when a boat capsized. Five people, including a teenage girl, were never found.

An analysis of the water death statistics by the Cayman Compass shows the Cayman Islands average eight to 10 deaths a year.


  1. Seeing this article really struck me. We have been coming to Cayman for over 30 yrs. in fact we spent 3 weeks over on Northside around the Easter holiday. It surprises me that there hasn’t been more accidents with Jet Skis. People ride them with little or no regard to themselves and others. Think it’s time that the riders should be scrutinized a bit more closely.

  2. So very sorry to hear about another needless death.

    From our back yard along Yacht Drive I see waverunners and commercial boats racing out to Stingray City all day long. At many times the posted speed limit.

    But, just like on our roads, the police have zero interest in enforcing the laws.

    With kayaks and snorkelers in the water I expect an accident any day.

  3. My family is celebrating owning on Grand Cayman next year 20 years. There never used to be jet skis on Seven Mile Beach. Now they race from Public Beach to Cemetery Reef daily. They are inexperienced, loud, and annoying. I hope they just ban them.