Former shooting champ dies in diving accident

Michael English, left, with fellow U.S. shooter Todd Bensley at the Pan Am Games in 1987, where Mr. English won gold.

A tourist who died in a diving accident this week was a world champion sport shooter and the former president of USA Shooting.

Michael English, 54, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, died after getting into difficulties diving off North West Point, West Bay, Tuesday.

Mr. English was celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary in the Cayman Islands. According to friends, he was an experienced scuba diver.

USA Shooting issued a statement Thursday in tribute to Mr. English, who was also a three-time Pan American Games medalist.

“USA Shooting lost a long-time supporter with the sudden passing of Mike. We extend our heartfelt and fullest sympathy to his family during their time of grief,” said USA Shooting President Dr. James M. Lally. “Mike was a hunter, a competitor, a volunteer, and a leader in our sport; he will be missed by many.”

Mr. English was a five-time national champion in the running target discipline. He won gold at the World Championships in 1981.

He later served as president and chairman of the board of USA Shooting Inc. and also held the post of director of the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for shooting.

He hails from a decorated shooting family and his daughter Amber is a current national team member vying to qualify for the Olympics, according to the statement. He also leaves a wife, Ana, and son Josh.

Emergency services were alerted to reports of a diver in difficulty off North West Point shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to a police statement.

The dive crew administered CPR before emergency services arrived to take over, the statement added. Mr. English was transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

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