Police on Thursday named the man killed in Wednesday’s Jet Ski accident off the Westin on Seven Mile Beach as Robert Cole from Virgilina, Virginia.
Three cruise ship passengers, all from the U.S., were involved in the collision between two Jet Skis, one driven by Mr. Cole, 31, and the other by a 15-year-old boy.
Emergency services received a report of the accident just before 1 p.m. Mr. Cole died from his injuries. He was riding a Jet Ski with Amy Comer, 37, also from Virginia. She was taken to Cayman Islands Hospital and later released.
Police say the teenager, from New York, suffered minor injuries to his nose from the accident and was not taken to the hospital.
Reached by phone in Virginia, Ms. Comer’s father Ricky Comer said, “We really don’t know what happened. We’re waiting to hear from down there.”
Police Chief Inspector Harlan Powery said the investigation was continuing, and he would not comment on the circumstances of the accident.
Mr. Cole and Ms. Comer were passengers on the Carnival Conquest cruise ship. According to Rod McDowall with Red Sail Sports, the couple rented a Jet Ski from another company at Public Beach. Mr. McDowall said his company rented the Jet Ski to the 15-year-old from the Red Sail shop at the Westin.
Police said the boy was Jet Skiing with his father and three brothers. The boy and his family were passengers on the Carnival Paradise cruise ship.
In a press release, police said Mr. Cole was taken to shore after the accident and received CPR. “Emergency Services responded shortly and transported both the male rider and a female passenger to the hospital,” said Inspector Powery.
Police said everyone involved in the accident stayed in Cayman to assist in the investigation. RCIPS and Joint Marine Unit officers are investigating.