Tourist dies in first water death of 2016

The scene at Cemetery Beach in West Bay on Wednesday afternoon. A snorkeler died after getting into difficulty in the water earlier in the day. – PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY

A 65-year-old American tourist died Wednesday morning after getting into difficulty while snorkeling off Cemetery Beach in West Bay.

Police reported that someone called 911 at 9:30 a.m. about the man, who was unconscious by the time emergency responders arrived and began efforts to resuscitate him.

Emergency services transported the man to the Cayman Islands Hospital where he was pronounced dead just after 10 a.m.

The weather service had warned of rough seas on Wednesday. This was the first water-related death this year.

Four people died in water-related incidents in January 2015; all but one were tourists over the age of 60. Two died in separate incidents while snorkeling off Morritt’s Tortuga Resort in East End on Jan. 14 and Jan. 28.

On Jan. 12, 2015, an 88-year-old Ukrainian national died while swimming along Seven Mile Beach. He had stopped in Cayman as part of a cruise.

The first death of last year was a Cuban man whose boat got into trouble off South Sound on Jan. 3.

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  1. Please leave space to write the article about a snorkeler being killed by a jet ski. I live in Sunset Cove and there is a buoy on the reef in front of us. Jet skis are suppose to stay outside of it and snorkelers inside. Almost everyday and sometimes several times a day there a jet skis inside the buoy with snorkelers in the water. There use to be several buoys between us and the Marriott. Now there are none. Many of the snorkelers swim between those two properties going in both directions. Maybe this paper can get something done before someone gets killed